The Views, The People, The Food
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Immerse yourself in the legend of the Giants Causeway
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...more
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...more
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...more
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. :-)more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
67-71 Main Street, Portrush, BT56 8BN, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
50 Ballyreagh Road, Portrush, BT56 8LT, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
233 Ballybogey Rd., Portrush, BT56 8NF, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
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...more
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,...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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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.
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.
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.
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...more