What makes Derry-Londonderry a remarkable destination to live, work, and travel? Is it the iconic Mussenden Temple on its cliff edge, with some of the most picturesque coastal views? Or is it the warm and friendly faces of the locals? Every stretch of this magnificent land has something that can surely enchant anyone.

As part of the Destination Derry campaign, Exascale AI were approached to research some of the main reasons why people chose to live in or return to Derry-Londonderry. Key findings uncovered that there is a vast spread of the Derry-Londonderry community across the world.

This land, rich in history and culture, has modernised significantly to support thriving businesses, in order to become one of the most notable locations to find work.

Exascale AI – as part of the Destination Derry project powered by Taggart Homes – decided it was time to investigate further. They wanted to explore that space where old age charm met with new culture and strong business ideals, to make Derry-Londonderry a prime location to live.

One early finding was that Derry-Londonderry is easily accessible from other countries, with flights from City of Derry Airport transporting over 2 million passengers in 2019. Flights to Stansted London operate 13 times a week and may encourage a week-end break. But the low cost of living here means that you will always come back home.
What a great home it makes too. With 4 shopping centres in the city alone, there is much to keep you occupied in this former City of Culture. Take a break for a quick coffee in one of the 160 cafes, restaurants, and pubs.

Broadband coverage, property prices and investment by large industries make this a very enticing place to live! With remote working and working from home, it’s an ideal time for Derry Diaspora around the globe to come home and put down roots in this great part of the world.

Do you want to find out more?

Take a look at our infographic here, go online to research Destination Derry and talk to Taggart Homes about prime locations to build.


Spending more time with your family is one of the main advantages of remote working. That’s according to those polled in the recent Destination Derry survey on remote working and working from home.

With the traditional office environment becoming a non-factor for the foreseeable future, many remote workers have enjoyed the opportunity to be with their loved ones at home while on the job. With no commute, there is more time to spend on family responsibilties, chores or just getting an extra hour of sleep at night!

Another advantage, for some, is the lack of pressure. Aside from the numerous Zoom calls, you are free to get on with your work at your own pace, without a middle manager cracking the whip and causing unnecessary stress to your workday.

Many of Derry’s remote workers are discovering that they much prefer being left to their own devices when it comes to their jobs.

Is working from home for you? Are you a remote worker, tell us your story!

See some feedback from others on working from home

Working from home full time during Covid now that I am a parent is wonderful in terms of flexibility, relaxed hours, the ability to cut out the travel to and from the office and spend this time with family or focusing on enhancing our life quality by going for a daily walk”.


There’s no need to waste time on commutes, meetings more efficient, I have more control over my own time including managing my time effectively”.


I appreciate not having to prepare myself lunch or having to prepare my laptop bag, for at least an hour before going into the office. I have more time before and after work”.


I think a hub where remote workers could work from or meet up to colaborate and socialize would be extremely helpful”.


Remember to relax, just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have to bring work home with you”.


Don’t forget to structure your day and to designate a specific work area for yourself”.


There were great options for connectivity both before and after Covid, such as FaceTime, teleconferencing and Dropbox. No need to commute saves you time and money and also reduces your carbon footprint”.


I prefer everything about working from home. There’s more freedom, autonomy, flexibility and less stress. I have a better blend in living between the personal and professional, which means more family dinners together and comfort”.

Destination Derry conducted some research on working from home and remote working. The following is some feedback in brief:

  • Most remote workers found it helpful to have a clear workspace set up in the home
  • They found the experience to be overall less stressful than a normal workplace and appreciated the increased amount of time with their family
  • Many poll takers found their mental health would suffer if they spent too much time in the home without adequate breaks
  • For the most part, they found that working from home was far more convenient and required much less preparation in the morning
  • The ability to schedule your own work day, including taking a break whenever you want was valued very highly in the poem
  • Remote workers found that being able to balance household chores and work tasks on the fly was a great benefit to them
  • In many cases, remote workers found that the increased flexibility offered by working from home led to increased productivity on their part