Where to stay: N Ireland

Downhill Hostel
North coast, near Castlerock
Independent hostel praised for sustainable practices


A tourist hostel in one of the most beautiful locations in Northern Ireland, Downhill overlooks the North Coast’s longest beach and the Atlantic ocean. The hostel is backed by dramatic cliffs and bordered by a stream, creating the perfect setting for relaxed days and evenings. The building, known as Glenhassan Hall, is Victorian and has been updated and extended while maintaining its original character.

It sleeps up to 26 in small dormitories and six private bedrooms two of which are en suite. Facilities include a common room, reading area, dining room overlooking the ocean, fully equipped self catering kitchen, laundry and gardens with picnic tables and barbeque.

The Downhill Hostel has full-body wetsuits and "boogie-boards" to rent and is also home to a working pottery where visitors can try their hand and it runs arts and crafts workshops.

Green features

According to the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust great attention has been paid by the
proprietor, William Gilfillan, who opened the hostel in 1997 to environmentally sustainable practices in planning changes.


The Downhill Hostel
12 Mussenden Road
Londonderry BT51 4RP
Tel: +44 (0)28 7084 9077

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