Portrush Things to Do

  • Spot the fishermen
    Spot the fishermen
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  • Bowling greens and tennis courts
    Bowling greens and tennis courts
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  • Pilgrims' Steps
    Pilgrims' Steps
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    Antrim Gardens

    by leics Written Jul 25, 2010
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    Pleasant little gardens on the eastern side of the headland, with an archaeological site underneath.

    Roman and Medieval pottery was found on the site.

    A large red brick sculpture drew my attention initially. It has blue ceramic panels set within it, each one representing a 'find' from the excavations on site.

    A nice place to sit if the weather is fine.

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    Visit the nature reserve

    by leics Written Jul 25, 2010
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    It's tiny, just a small stretch of shoreline on the eastern side of the headland......but apparently Portrush is very important in geological terms.

    Basically, it is all to do with the formation of basalt (the hard rock of which the Giant's Causeway is constructed. In the 1700s an argument raged about whether basalt was created by volcanic activity or whether it was a sedimentary rock. This bit of shoreline was thought to have basalt, and the fossils within it 'proved' that it was a sedimentary rock. But in actual fact it is Liassic shale, not basalt at all, and had been hardened by volcanic action in a sort of 'toasted sandwich' effect.

    The little Coastal Zone exhibition, housed in what was once the bath-house for a nearby grand hotel (now demolished) explains it more clearly.

    Worth a wander.

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    Visit the harbour

    by leics Written Jul 25, 2010
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    Portrush has a nice little harbour.

    It's man-made, designed by John Rennie in 1827. Before that there was just a small dock, which you can still see.....along with some pretty ancient steps leading down. They're called the 'Pilgrim's steps' because it is thought emigrants to the New World used them when taking smaller boats to join the larger sailing ships.

    The harbour was regularly used for passenger steamers from Scotland up until the First World War (1914-18), but now it is purely for leisure and fishing.

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    Play bowls, or tennis

    by leics Written Jul 25, 2010
    Bowling greens and tennis courts

    Yes, they're still popular holiday activities here.

    Both the crown bowling greens and the tennis courts were busy when I passed by. So pack your tennis raquets if you like a game....or while away and hour or so on the pristine greens.

    Classic UK seaside activities.....to be relished. :-)

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    Wander the Ramore headland

    by leics Written Jul 25, 2010
    Spot the fishermen

    Portrush was settled in prehistoric times, and there is evidence of Roman activity too.

    There's nothing to be seen now, but the headland was once the site or prehistoric settlement.

    Now, it's just a nice place to walk with excellent views along the Causeway coast in both directions.

    If you are lucky, you may see basking sharks, bottle-nosed dolphins or porpoises. You'll certainly see umpteen fishermen (they all seemed to be male) casting from the rocks.

    The path round the headland has been surfaced, so it's easy walking.

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    Dunluce Castle

    by viddra Updated Aug 5, 2007

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    Situated on the cliff edge, there are the remains of the 14th- century stronghold of the MacDonnells, a Scottish clan. It was abandoned in 1641, 2 years after part of the kitchen collapsed into the sea during a storm.

    There used to be a secret entrance through a sea cave.

    The present ruins date mainly from the 16th and 17th centuries.

    Sailors from the Spanish Armada galleass ‘Girona’, wrecked on nearby rocks in 1588, are buried in the graveyard close by.

    April-Sept: daily 10am-5.30pm
    Oct-Mar: daily 10am-4.30pm
    closed Mon and Sun am

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    Sandy beaches

    by viddra Updated Aug 5, 2007

    There are a number of spectacular beaches in Portrush, the West Bay, East Strand and White Rocks.

    West Bay, Dhu Varren, is a very popular beach, so can get crowded. Both beach and water are really clean and safe. Here you can go swimming, surfing, watch the coming and going of the small boats, or make sand castles.

    East Strand, Causeway Street, is another beach with the Blue Flag award. There are strong currents here, though.

    White Rocks and Curran Strand stretch on from the East Strand and are backed by dunes.

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    Giant's Causeway

    by viddra Updated Aug 4, 2007

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    This is a mass of about 40,000 stone columns, most of which 6-sided and 4ft tall. They’re formed by the cooling of molten lava.

    According to a more romantic legend, a giant called Finn MacCool fell in love with a lady giant from Staffa, an island in the Hebrides. He built this Causeway to bring her to live with him in Ulster.

    Opening Hours:
    October to May: 10.00-16.30
    June & September: 10.00-17.00
    July to August: 10.00-17.30

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  • A taste of greatness.

    by johngrimes Written Aug 2, 2006

    One of the first things I do before travelling to the serenity of Dunluce is stopping at Bushmills distillery. It is a lovely spot with gracious staff, wonderful gifts to purchase and the best hot whiskey one can find anywhere. This tip is guaranteed to please.
    Then it's on to Portrush and beautiful Coleraine, Limavady & Derry.
    I'm from Boston, Ma. usa and have done this many times.

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    Beach bum

    by clivedinburgh Written Dec 11, 2005

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    The beaches were the initial attraction at Portrush and the miles of golden sand are a great place to laze away an afternoon. The beaches still achieve blue flag status and are popular with surfers. There are plenty of amenities close to hand.

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    Dunluce Castle

    by clivedinburgh Written Dec 11, 2005

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    View towards Dunluce Castle

    Dunluce Castle is a good example of a clifftop castle and dates back to the 13th century. The castle is being renovated but I don't think the kitchens at the rear will be done since they fell into the sea in 1639!

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    Giants Causeway

    by clivedinburgh Written Dec 11, 2005

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    I have visited the causeway on several occasions and had a different experience each time. The site has some magnificent coastal footpaths with lots of information boards full of facts about the views, wildlife & of course the rock structures. For the lesser inclined there is a bus service that runs from the excellent visitors centre down to the causeway itself. The visitors centre has an information film that explains how the rock formations came about (it wasn't Finn McCool after all) and there is a large carpark where you are charged entry by the car not the occupants. Remember the weather here can be quite harsh so dress accordingly and the still expect a soaking.

    Also see the following tips

    Causeway Hotel
    Nook Inn

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    Town Hall

    by viddra Updated Aug 5, 2007
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    The Town Hall is situated a few steps from the railway station. In front of it, there's a bronze memorial.

    Here theatrical performances take place Wed-Sat July and August.

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