10 great ways to enjoy your girls’ getaway to the North West
Packed with activities, nightlife and spa experiences, get the girls together for a short break in the North West to catch up and enjoy a weekend of relaxation and fun.
Check in to Roe Park Resort in Limavady and prepare for an afternoon of pampering at one of Northern Ireland’s premier spa resorts.
As well as boasting its own golf course, this 4-star luxury hotel is nestled in the tranquil surroundings of Roe Valley Country Park and is the perfect blend of country house charm and modern luxuries.
Unwind in the award-winning Elemis Spa and cleanse away your worries with a soothing treatment before rejuvenating in one of the relaxation suites.
Guests have their choice of luxurious and restful therapies that will leave you feeling calm, nourished and serene. Hotel and spa packages start at £130 per person and include an evening meal, locally sourced breakfast and full use of the relaxation facilities.
Later that evening, pull on your glad rags and venture into the Walled City of Derry, just 25 minutes away by car.
Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the city nightlife with a mouth-watering meal at Browns in Town, recommended by the Michelin Guide.
Chef Patron Ian Orr’s menu has dishes to suit every taste, so everyone will be catered for, but why not try Tourism Northern Ireland's signature dish which Ian was instrumental in developing. 'Born and Braised' features shin of Northern Irish beef served with beetroot and bone marrow gremolata.
Remember to wear your dancing shoes and end the night with music and dancing. Take your pick between Peadar O’Donnell's or its adjoining bar, The Gweedore for a choice of live traditional or contemporary music every night in a distinctly Irish setting.
Wake up the following morning at Roe Park Resort where you can dust of the cobwebs with a canter along the coast.
Avail of the Game of Thrones Experience facilitated by Crindle Stables, which offers horse-riding along the Causeway Coastal Route.
Follow in the footsteps of Kinvara on the Burning of the Idols Beach Experience with the Red Priestess Beach Ride at Dragonstone, known to locals as Downhill Beach.
Once you’ve settled down again, toast the weekend back in Derry~Londonderry at the 4-star Hastings Everglades Hotel for a spot of an afternoon tea, accompanied by a glass of sparkling prosecco.
Enjoy a stunning range of aromatic brews and plates of dainty sandwiches, fluffy scones, buttery cakes and pastries, before setting off home after a weekend to remember.
Other nearby attractions
Longline Surf School
Situated on Benone Beach and Portstewart Strand, Longline Surf School is open all year round and offers a wide selection of packages from beginner to advanced surf lessons.
So whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced surfer looking to improve your cutback, the team of qualified instructors and coaches will have you covered.
Opened in 1842, the Limavady Union Workhouse is reported to be one of the best preserved buildings of its type in the whole of Ireland.
Jimmy McCurry, the blind fiddler who brought the melody of Danny Boy to the ears of Jane Ross and initiated its journey to become one of the world’s most famous songs, is said to have died in Limavady Workhouse. Book an appointment for a guided tour of the historical building, now owned by the Limavady Community Development Initiative.
Renowned for its impressive cliffs that provide a perfect alpine cliff ledge for many rare plants and mosses, Binevenagh Forest is a must-do for walking and hiking enthusiasts.
It is home also to a standing stone that has become known as the Finn MacCool Finger Stone, relating to the famous giant reputed to have lived in the area many years ago. Head out of Limavady where you will find this beauty spot along the route to Coleraine.
To plan your getaway to the North West visit www.discovernorthernireland.com.
Belfast Telegraph Digital