Mussenden Temple offers some of the most iconic and spectacular views of the north western coast. Located near Castlerock, the round temple is perched on a 120 foot cliff edge and is managed by the National Trust.
Enjoy spectacular views of to the west of Downhill Strand, towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal. To the east lies Castlerock, Portrush, Portstewart and Fair Head.
Built in 1785 by Bishop of Derry Frederick Hervey as a tribute to the beauty of his cousin Frideswide Mussenden, he used it as his library, with a fire in the basement used to keep the books dry all year round. It is modelled on the Temple of Vesta in Italy. The inscription round the tower reads:
“Tis pleasant, safely to behold from shore
The troubled sailor, and hear the tempests roar.”