Location: 12 Mussenden Road

                   Downhill, Coleraine

                   Northern Ireland BT 51 4RP

Downhill Hostel is located in the building known as Glenhassan Hall and it was built in the late Victorian period.  It is situated in one of the most stunning locations in Northern Ireland overlooking the North

Coast’s longest beach and the Atlantic Ocean.  It is backed by dramatic cliffs and bordered by a stream.  The building has recently been updated but it retains

the original spirit and attractive character.

Downhill Hostel is located about two hours from Belfast, and forty-five minutes north

of L’Derry.  Both trains and buses service the areas surrounding Downhill Hostel.


-Coming from the East (Belfast Side)

  follow the signs to Coleraine, then turn on

  to the A2, with signs to Castlerock.  As

  you near Castlerock you will notice the

  signs change to include Downhill

  destinations.  The hostel will be on your

  right as you come to the ocean front.

-Coming from the South or the Republic

  of Ireland (through L’derry) you will

  follow the signs towards Limavady.  After

  Ballykelly, as you approach Limavady,

  there will be a set of traffic lights at a

  staggered crossroads.  Take the left on

  the B69 towards Downhill.  This road

  will link back into the A2, where you    

  should take a left and continue about

  10 km.

-Coming from the Inishowen Peninsula,

  take the ferry that runs from Greencastle

  on the Inishowen Peninsula and

  Magilligan Point at the western end of

  the Benone Strand.  This ferry is the

  most direct way to access the Downhill

  Hostel if you are coming from the

  peninsula as it alleviates the former need

  to drive down through L’Derry and back

  up.  As you are driving away from the

  ferry on the Magilligan side, turn left at

  the A2, following the signs for the Benone

  Strand and Downhill.  The hostel is

  approximately 8 km from that junction

  on your left.


From within U.K.         (028) 7084 9077

From within

Republic of Ireland       (048) 7084 9077

International                 (+) 4428 7084 9077

Email:   info@downhillhostel.com

Website:  www.downhillhostel.com

Contact: William and McCall Gilfillan


-common room with original fireplace

-music and games

-reading area with lots of books and


-book exchange

-welcoming atmosphere

-spacious and clean accommodations

-fully-equipped kitchen with lots of

  spices, tea, and coffee provided

-dining room with 16+ seating

-accommodation overlooks the ocean

-full-sized beds

-very comfortable small dormitories

  and six private bedrooms

-hot water all day in sinks and private   


-gardens with picnic tables are great for

  sunning or barbecues

-Internet access (pay as you go)

-historic building with unique character

and lovely decor

-laundry facilities are available

Prices for 2008:

dormitory from 11 pounds per bed

private room from 35 pounds per room

family room from 40 pounds per room

Things To Do:

-enjoy Benone Sand Beach bordering

  the front garden of the hostel.  It is the

  longest beach in Ireland at 10 km

-enjoy walking

-enjoy surfing and windsurfing

-enjoy sailing

-enjoy sea angling

-visit Benone Tourist Complex with

  tennis courts and a 9-hole golf course

-enjoy sand castle building

-rent full-body wetsuits and “boogie

boards” from the hostel

-explore Downhill Estate behind the

Downhill Hostel

-visit Binevenagh Heights Tower

-visit Mussenden Temple and Gardens

(five-minute walk)

-visit Black Glenn Gardens

-visit Giant’s Causeway  (30 minutes)

-visit Dunluce Castle (30 minutes)

-visit Wishing Arch

-visit Bushmill’s Distillery (30 minutes)

-horseback riding is just up the road at the

Farm Riding Centre

-Downhill Hostel is home to a working 


-Hike Binevenagh Cliffs

-enjoy Downhill Forest with walking

paths that explore peaceful ponds and


-Ride the ferry to Greencastle on the

  Inishowen Peninsula and visit the town

  there or drive the short distance to

  Malin Head’s incredible pebble or shell


-visit Hezlett House - traditional Irish

  thatched cottage maintained as a museum

-hike the beautiful north-facing cliffs of

Binevenagh just to the west of the hostel.

The hiking trails offer spectacular views

of the surrounding land and Lough Foyle.

-visit Wishing Arch (30 minutes away)

Back to LIST of Unique Hostels in Ireland../Main/List_of_Unique_Ireland_Hostels.html../Main/List_of_Unique_Ireland_Hostels.html../Main/List_of_Unique_Ireland_Hostels.htmlshapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1