National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Getting there & around
Stena Line operates ferry services from Cairnryan, Liverpool and Holyhead to Belfast, while P&O sails from Larne to Cairnryan. stenaline.ie poferries.com Loganair flies from Liverpool and Stansted to Derry. EasyJet, Aer Lingus and British Airways fly to Belfast from a range of UK airports. loganair.co.uk easyjet.com aerlingus.com ba.com Average flight time: 1h25.
Ulsterbus and Goldline offer bus services throughout Northern Ireland, but a car is best for this trip. Rental companies operate in Derry and Belfast. translink.co.uk rentalcars.com
When to go
May, June and September offer warm weather with lighter crowds. For dark skies, consider November to February.
OM Dark Sky Observatory. omdarksky.com
Davagh Forest & MTB trails. mountainbikeni.com
Seamus Heaney HomePlace. seamusheaneyhome.com
Ulster American Folk Park. nmni.com Auld Bank Coffee Shop. facebook.com/theauldbankcoffee
Where to stay
Sperrin View Glamping, Davagh. Cabins from £110. sperrinviewglamping.com Ardtara House & Restaurant, Maghera. Doubles from £189, B&B. ardtara.com An Creagán, Creggan. Self-catering cottages from £50. ancreagan. com
discovernorthernireland.com exploreomaghsperrins.com darksky.org
How to do it
EMBRACE TOURS offers a one-night package including accommodation, breakfast and a picnic at Beaghmore Stone Circles from £250 per couple. embrace.tours
J&K COACHES offers build-your-own tour packages in mid-Ulster. jandkcoaches.co.uk