Dandering around Derrie | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 119

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Derry is famous for the city's walls and murals. But there is more to see and do in the city and county. Tips and tours in County Derry.

Cannon on the Derry City Wall, Northern Ireland. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
Cannon sit atop the city wall of Derry, a reminder of the Plantation of Ulster.
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Dandering Around Derrie with David Douglas

Today I am joined by David Douglas, owner of Derrie Danders Walking & Audio Tours in County Derry, Northern Ireland.

David Douglas, Derrie Danders Tours

Tips and Tours in County Derry

County Derry is at the far west of Northern Ireland. It's a county with a stunning coastline and beautiful walled city. But Derry has quite a bit more to attract the visitor.

Derry is in between two fantastic regions – the Causeway Coast and the (beginning or end) of the Wild Atlantic Way. By basing yourself in Derry you find yourself at the ‘gateway' to all the incredible experiences in each area.

One of the best attractions in Derry is Downhill Demense (a National Trust property). Mussenden Temple is well known, but the estate it sits on is well worth a few hours' exploration.

Mussenden Temple, Downhill Demense, Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland
Built as a summer library by the Bishop of Derry in 1785, Mussenden Temple is one of the iconic sights along the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland.

Derrie Danders Walking Tours

While Derry/ Londonderry does have a turbulent and sometimes violent history the city is well in a peace process and the people are warm and welcoming to guests. Says David, “Sometimes we fight with each other, but we never fight with our guests.”

Derrie Danders offers tours that take in the city's stunning walls, as well as the murals of the Bogside. But David invites visitors to linger longer and dig deeper into Derry by offering tours about music and sieges, as well as full day touring options.

David recommends visitors add the waterside area and the Peace Bridge to their Derry explorations.

Subject specific tours include

  • Scotch Irish Connections, a grout tour for anyone interested in genealogy
  • Blue Plaques of the Maiden City which focuses on famous people who lived there (or landed there, in the case of Amelia Earhart)
  • Famous & Forgotten Sieges (available in August only)
  • LegenDerry Musical Tour explores musical connections to the city
  • Shirt Factories Heritage Tour, in the late 1800s Derry was the largest shirt manufacturer in the world

Derrie Danders also has audio tours available for visitors who may be in the city but not able to join a guided tour.

Book Your Derrie Dander

Book directly at Derrie Danders website or email [email protected]

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3 Things You Shouldn't Miss in Northern Ireland

Downhill Demense along Northern Ireland's Causeway Coastal Route. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
The massive ruin of Downhill House, which was occupied until after World War II. The shell is extensive and it is easy to see the grandeur of the house as you explore. The estate buildings, including stable and dovecote are in the distance.

Downhill Demense

Roe Valley Country Park in Limavady

Derry Waterside Greenway which includes the Peace Bridge

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