Portrush Travel Guide

  • A bit of Edwardian splendour
    A bit of Edwardian splendour
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  • Stunning scenery
    Stunning scenery
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  • Whitepark Bay way off in the distance
    Whitepark Bay way off in the distance
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Portrush Highlights

  • Pro
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     The Views, The People, The Food 

  • Con
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     Can Rain A Lot 

  • In a nutshell
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     Immerse yourself in the legend of the Giants Causeway 

Portrush Things to Do

  • Antrim Gardens

    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...

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  • Visit the nature reserve

    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...

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  • Visit the harbour

    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...

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  • Play bowls, or tennis

    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

    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...

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  • Dunluce Castle

    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...

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  • Town Hall

    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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  • Sandy beaches

    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...

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  • Giant's Causeway

    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...

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  • A taste of greatness.

    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....

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  • Beach bum

    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

    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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Portrush Restaurants

  • One of my best meals ever!

    We tried to get in here on a cold winters evening but were told we would have to wait. This didn't present a problem as the attached bar is very good and we settled into the snug behind the bar,. After a short while we were called through and shown to our table in a well laid out bistro with a slate tiled floor. The food that was to follow was...

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  • Great views, pity about the rest

    The first restaurant I've ever walked out of without paying. They cant cook a rare steak, and tell you that you are wrong and their chef says pink in the middle is rare. I disagree, and strongly object to having someone question my judgement. There certainly shouldn't be an arguement at the table, highly embarrassing.Lovely building, great views,...

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  • Great food at reasonable prices in the...

    D'Arcys is a pub with really good food too but the prices are more reasonable than eating in a full restuarant. Only slight complaint is that the service was not the greatest the night we were there - we often had trouble getting hold of a waitress. As you're by the sea anything with fish or seafood is a very good bet.

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  • It's A Challenge To Clear Your Plate

    Large Irish Inn, which caters for passing trade from the nearby Giants Causeway. Hard to choose from the menu as they all sound so nice. The portions are huge, and i defy any one to clear the plate. The Roast Ham and turkey Sunday lunch was great.Meat was succulent, roast potatoes were crisp and fluffy and served with mixed veg and some...

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  • Steak In Bushmills Sauce Is to Die For

    Although I rave about the food at the Griffin, the decor could do with a bit of a refurb. The ambience of the restaurant is that of a quite laid back unhurried dining experience. The staff in the resturant were all very attentive without been obtrusive, and the food served from extensive table de hote menu was quite superb. From starters of...

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  • Nice Food WIth Entertainment Thrown In

    The Views from 55 Degrees North are fantastic, and i could imagine that in the summer months, sitting with a meal on the decking overlooking the Antrim coast would be beautiful.We originally wanted to eat in the upstairs restaurant, but they could not fit us in, so sent us to the grill bar downstairs ( so if you want the restaurant reservations are...

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Portrush Nightlife

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    by clivedinburgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Lush is said to be the best club in Northern Ireland and backs up this claim by attracting the top DJs from around the world. The website below is excellent but doesn't compare with a night at this fine institution.

    Dress Code: To impress

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Portrush Transportation

  • Walking paths

    From the visitor centre, walk down to the Grand Causeway, and then on, past majestic stone galleries and weird formations.

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  • Easy access!

    Travel by train, in comfort, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.Trains run regularly between Belfast Central – Coleraine – Derry, with connecting trains from Coleraine to Portrush.Take advantage of the discounted fares:Day tracker:Monday – Saturday (1 July-31 August, excluding 12, 13 July, 12, 26 August) ₤7.00 (family=2 adults and up to 4...

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Portrush Local Customs

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    by viddra Written Aug 4, 2007

    The RNLI raft race is a popular annual event.

    This is a popular competition where contestants must build a raft that can travel from the West Strand beach into Portrush Harbour.

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Portrush Warnings and Dangers

  • by portrushian Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Keep your head town if you happen to be wandering around the town centre at closing time, which currently is around 1am. The crowds spill onto the streets, most are friendly helpful people but there will be some amongst them looking for a fight. Problem is most apparent near Traks nightclub in the town centre. Stay with the crowd and don't wander off and you will be safe and sound.

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Portrush What to Pack

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    by viddra Updated Aug 5, 2007

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather here is very changeable - it can be sunny for an hour, rainy for half an hour, then sunny again. So, it's advisable to always have a raincoat or umbrella prepared!

    Also, be sure to have comfortable, non-slippery shoes on, if you're heading the famous Giant's Causeway.

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Portrush Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming, surfing...

    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 out for the rocks at the bottom end of the beach!), watch the coming and going of the small...

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  • One of the best

    The Royal Portrush Golf Club is thought to be one of the best in Ireland and held the Open Cahmpionship in 1948. Limited tee times are available on the Dunluce links course for all days except Mon & Sat. Golf clubs

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