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One of the most attractive villages in County Derry is Castlerock which is a seaside village and is noted for the famous Castlerock Golf Course and the presence of the Mussenden Temple (pictured above). It is situated between Coleraine and Derry and is very popular with summer tourists, having numerous apartment blocks and three caravan sites.
Castlerock Golf Club has the 18-hole Championship Mussenden course and the 9- hole Bann course set within the links bounded by the beach, the River Bann and the Belfast to Derry railway line. The village had a population of 1,336 people in the 2001 Census.
Local historical interest is concentrated on the 18th century Bishop of Derry’s ruined palace, cliff-top Mussenden Temple and Black Glen set within the Downhill Estate, now owned by the National Trust. The Mussenden Temple, with its precarious perch on the basalt cliff edge is one of the most photographed scenes in Ireland.
The 17th century Hezlett House is a thatched cottage with a cruck structure and is situated at the crossroads near the village. Built in around 1691, it was originally a rectory or farmhouse. Also at the crossroads is an ancient tree reputed to be where the infamous highway man Cushy Glen was hanged.
You could do many less satisfying things than to stop off in Castlerock for a day or two.