Binevenagh AONB - map and other informations


Binevenagh AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is one of the most scenic destinations on the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland. Located near Limavady and the shores of Lough Foyle, Binevenagh AONB covers over 30 square miles of rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, and rocky coastal landscapes. It is an ideal location for both adventure seekers and those seeking a relaxing getaway.

One of the most interesting geological features of Binevenagh AONB is the stunning basalt cliffs that rise up to 1,585 feet above sea level. These cliffs were formed over 60 million years ago during the Paleocene epoch as a result of volcanic activity in the area. The views from the cliffs are breathtaking and stretch along the coastlines of Donegal, the Sperrin Mountains, and even as far as Scotland.

For hikers and walkers, there is no shortage of challenging trails and gentle walks in Binevenagh AONB. Visitors can choose from a range of trails depending on their abilities, interests, and time available. One of the most popular trails is the Binevenagh Way, a circular walk through forests, fields and open hillside that takes you to the summit of the mountain. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the coast, countryside and mountains. Other trails include the Temple Trail, a popular 2.5 mile walk that takes in some of the area’s ancient ruins and the Ulster Way, a long distance walking route that passes through Binevenagh.

Birdwatchers will be delighted with the range of bird species found in the area, including peregrine falcons, kestrels, and buzzards. If you're lucky, you may even spot a golden eagle or a hen harrier. Seabirds such as guillemots, kittiwakes, and fulmars can be seen along the cliffs.

Another highlight of Binevenagh AONB is the Game of Thrones filming location. Fans of this popular TV series can visit the Mussenden Temple which was used for the wedding scene between Robb Stark and Talisa Maegyr. The temple is a delightful spot for a picnic, offering stunning views of the coastal scenery.

If golf is your game, Binevenagh AONB has ample options to offer. The Roe Park Resort Golf Course is one of the most picturesque courses in the area, sitting alongside the River Roe with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

In conclusion, Binevenagh AONB is a must-visit destination on the Causeway Coast. The area’s stunning natural landscapes, wildlife, and ancient ruins make it an ideal spot for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful retreat. With plenty of hiking and walking trails, birdwatching opportunities, Game of Thrones filming locations, and golf courses, this part of Northern Ireland is a great place to explore this natural gem.

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