The Ulster Gliding Club is situated in an area that is not only scenic, but offers plenty to do for family and friends who might want a couple of hours wander while their loved one is in the air. Here is just a small selection of activities within a 7 mile radius of Bellarena:
Drive or cycle to the picturesque tip of the Magilligan Peninsula, where you can enjoy a meal at The Point Pub, watch the ferries cross the Foyle, ramble through the dunes, and visit the historical Martello Tower.
This unique heart-shaped lake is situated at the very top of Binevenagh mountain and is accessible via a rather rough gravel lane off Leighery Road. But the bumpy ride is worth it! Surrounded by nature walks with panoramic views of Magilligan, from certain angles it looks as if the lake is an infinity pool, spilling over the side of the mountain. A breath-taking sight not to be missed.
This local landmark has become rather famous in the international press with the recent theft of the sculptural tribute to local sea-god Manannan Mac Lir. Thankfully, the sculpture has since been replaced and can again be admired by visitors, along with panoramic views across to Donegal and the islands of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. Picnic facilities and a cliff-top walk complement the Mac Lir experience.
Miles of sand with stunning views of the Downhill Temple, this most iconic beach of Northern Ireland is a must visit.
A family-friendly beach with changing and shower facilities, and food vendors open in summer months.
Downhill Estate & Hezlett House
Enjoy a cliffside walk amidst castle ruins, Victorian-era follies, and gardens both formal and wild, with breathtaking views of the North Coast. Adjacent to the Estate, tour a beautifully preserved, traditional thatched cottage.
Duncrun Fishing Lakes
Situated just over a mile from the Gliding Club, this recently built angling complex offers excellent fly fishing facilities, as well as a relaxing setting for a lakeside stroll.