Fishing Derry



Fishing in the Northwest is a large-scale enterprise, bringing in more than £20 million in local industry? This is also reflected in the number of people taking up fishing as a pastime, with large areas of growth seen in recent years.

There are fisheries springing up all over the country, with a large majority created specifically for those fishing for pleasure, all bolstered by the beautiful scenery that surrounds them.

Locally, there is the Creggan Country Park, a massive reservoir redeveloped for use by anglers as well as other watersports enthusiasts. With a firstclass fishing experience, Creggan Country Park prides itself on its landscaped lower reservoir and its rainbow trout numbers, with access available to those with disabilities. Boat hire is also available, giving visitors the choice to fish from the banks or hired boats.

Maydown Trout Fishery is based on the outskirts of the city, at Carrakeel Drive, that offers a more relaxed atmosphere. Not far from a main point of entry into the city centre, the fishery is a contrast in and of itself, with anglers relaxing mere metres from the busy main road at Maydown. Fishing is permitted with worm and fly, though some may find it difficult to access given its entries.

Others include The Oaks Fishery, located only a few minutes from the city centre on the Judges Road, which uses a natural lake set in beautiful countryside as its setting. Cashel Trout Fishery, not far from the city centre itself, is set at the base if the Sperrin foothills, where fishermen and women can take to the banks of the River Roe. Widely recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Dungiven.

Fishing Derry

Oaks Fishery Derry

The Northwest

The Northwest

Featuring some of the island’s most important historic and cultural treasures, Northwest Ireland is a hub of cultural and social events that go on all year round. Whether you fancy a spot of golf, or a winding walk through green pastures, the Northwest has everything you need.

With 13,843 km² to play with, visitors both national and international flock to the Northwest to get their fill of all manner of activities. The Giant’s Causeway, fabled to be the crossing point of Gaelic gargantuan Finn McCool, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and named the fourth greatest natural wonder, consisting of approximately 40,000 basalt columns built up following an ancient volcano.

If that isn’t your thing, why not travel a little farther instead, to the Bushmills distillery- one of the oldest distilleries in the world, where you can learn about the history of Bushmills and its legscy in the area.

While in the area, take to the links at Royal Portrush Golf Club, established in 1888 and named consistently as one of the highest-ranked courses in the country and the world. Royal Portrush is more prevalent now due to the increasing attention given to it when it played host to the Irish Open in 2012.

Closer to home is fort at Grianan of Aileach, located just outside Derry. Situated atop a hill overlooking the green expanse of County Donegal, the National Monument offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and can be reached by car or foot, thought it can be difficult to reach without directions.

For those who enjoy the more relaxed outdoors, there are plenty of activities to occupy the mind, many in someof the most picturesque areas of the country. Based at the foot of the Sperrins, Cashel Trout Fishery is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with people of all ages casting off on the banks of the River Roe.

For a closer catch, try Creggan Country Park, a reservoir maintained for fishing and other water-related activities. While you wait for a nibble, the kids can roam the park and take part in pier-jumping, paintballing and canoeing!

Giants Causeway

Giants Causeway

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