The Derry to Antrim road (A6) takes you on a drive that follows a river valley through stunning agricultural scenes to historical Dungiven, before it ascends to the Glenshane Pass at the tip of the Sperrin Mountains.
For a spot of grandeur you could continue on to the plantation manor house of Springhill. If you have the energy you’ll find the vast expanse of Ireland’s biggest lake, Lough Neagh, lapping against the green banks and close to one of Ireland’s must-see sights, the dramatic Bellaghy Bawn castle.
Another must-visit location in easy driving distance of Derry is the Giant’s Causeway. It is only an hour’s drive on the A37 and A2 to reach this stunning, legendary area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Formed by an ancient volcanic eruption the columns have since become shrouded in myth and it’s easy to see why. There’s an otherworldly air about the landscape that makes for an inspiring visit.
With so much to see and do in Derry, and so much to explore around it, the only problem you will face is finding the time to relax with so much to cram in.