Guidebook for Portrush

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Guidebook for Portrush

Food Scene

Portrush has numerous restaurants - Ocho Tapas is my favourite because: of the quality of the food and and the menu is significantly different to everything else on offer in town, Booking is usually necessary. Be sure and check your bill before paying.
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Ocho Tapas Bistro/Restaurant
92-94 Main St
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Portrush has numerous restaurants - Ocho Tapas is my favourite because: of the quality of the food and and the menu is significantly different to everything else on offer in town, Booking is usually necessary. Be sure and check your bill before paying.
If you like croissants go early morning. The wheaten bread is delicious and the sausage rolls are their best seller. If you fancy breakfast with a stunning view - Tom Toms serve great carry-out coffee and there are benches around the corner from the shop that over look the Atlantic, East Strand beach and the Skerries.
Tom Toms Bakery
If you like croissants go early morning. The wheaten bread is delicious and the sausage rolls are their best seller. If you fancy breakfast with a stunning view - Tom Toms serve great carry-out coffee and there are benches around the corner from the shop that over look the Atlantic, East Strand beach and the Skerries.
A trip to Portrush is not complete without visit to the Arcadia. Originally built as a café in the 1920s, it subsequently became a thriving ballroom through the 1950s and 60s. Recently renovated the building is now a coffee shop/restaurant downstairs and an Art gallery/Yoga/ Pilates centre upstairs. Pilates or Yoga with a view of the Atlantic thrown in for free - heavenly!
Arcadia Beach Café & Art Gallery
1 Causeway St
A trip to Portrush is not complete without visit to the Arcadia. Originally built as a café in the 1920s, it subsequently became a thriving ballroom through the 1950s and 60s. Recently renovated the building is now a coffee shop/restaurant downstairs and an Art gallery/Yoga/ Pilates centre upstairs. Pilates or Yoga with a view of the Atlantic thrown in for free - heavenly!
if you want excellent fish and chips - with a spectacular view thrown in for free - take a trip to Morton's in Ballycastle. Everything is cooked from scratch and you will have to wait about 20minutes after placing your order. The time will pass quickly as you gaze across to Rathlin island and neighbouring Scotland. An artists' cooperative is located a couple of doors down the street. The shop is packed with a rich an eclectic range of locally produced arts and crafts,
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Morton's
9 Bayview Road
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if you want excellent fish and chips - with a spectacular view thrown in for free - take a trip to Morton's in Ballycastle. Everything is cooked from scratch and you will have to wait about 20minutes after placing your order. The time will pass quickly as you gaze across to Rathlin island and neighbouring Scotland. An artists' cooperative is located a couple of doors down the street. The shop is packed with a rich an eclectic range of locally produced arts and crafts,
A trip to Portrush or Portstewart is not complete without an ice-cream from Morellis (shops in both towns). Generations have been savouring the delight of walking along the promenade eating an ice-cream cone.
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Morelli's Portstewart
53-56 The Promenade
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A trip to Portrush or Portstewart is not complete without an ice-cream from Morellis (shops in both towns). Generations have been savouring the delight of walking along the promenade eating an ice-cream cone.

Parks & Nature

The cliff walk from Dunseverick castle to the Giant's Causeway is spectacular and the best way to arrive at the Giants Causeway. Strong footwear recommemded. The path is not particularly difficult but is steep in places. Seats and benches are strategically positionned to make most of the view. Worth taking a flask of coffee to savour the moment, During the summer months the the Causeway Rambler bus runs between the two places.
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Dunseverick Castle
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The cliff walk from Dunseverick castle to the Giant's Causeway is spectacular and the best way to arrive at the Giants Causeway. Strong footwear recommemded. The path is not particularly difficult but is steep in places. Seats and benches are strategically positionned to make most of the view. Worth taking a flask of coffee to savour the moment, During the summer months the the Causeway Rambler bus runs between the two places.
The Port Path (integral section of Causeway Coast Way and Ulster Way) follows a stretch of scenic coastline between Portstewart and Portrush. This beautiful walk starts at West Strand - on leaving the house -at the main road - follow the cycle path route to West Strand and keep left up the hill from the beach. There is a cycle path most of the way into Portstewart - when it ends most people continue to cycle on the (wide) footpath. If walking you can take the lower path whcih hugs the coastline. http://www.walkni.com/walks/152/port-path/ http://www.causewaycoastway.com/trail-description/portrush-portstewart.php
Port Moon Bothy
The Port Path (integral section of Causeway Coast Way and Ulster Way) follows a stretch of scenic coastline between Portstewart and Portrush. This beautiful walk starts at West Strand - on leaving the house -at the main road - follow the cycle path route to West Strand and keep left up the hill from the beach. There is a cycle path most of the way into Portstewart - when it ends most people continue to cycle on the (wide) footpath. If walking you can take the lower path whcih hugs the coastline. http://www.walkni.com/walks/152/port-path/ http://www.causewaycoastway.com/trail-description/portrush-portstewart.php
The 2.5 mile walk along the beach from East Strand to the White Rocks Beach is highly recommended. Let you imagination run wild as you reflect on the ships that met their demise oof shore around the Skerries. There are steps leading up from the beach to path which leads to Dunluce Castle. http://www.causewaycoastalroute.com/white-rocks.html
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White Rocks
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The 2.5 mile walk along the beach from East Strand to the White Rocks Beach is highly recommended. Let you imagination run wild as you reflect on the ships that met their demise oof shore around the Skerries. There are steps leading up from the beach to path which leads to Dunluce Castle. http://www.causewaycoastalroute.com/white-rocks.html

Sightseeing

Fans of Game of Thrones will be familiar with the iconic image of Ballintoy harbour but for those of us who have escaped the GoT bug - Ballintoy has much to offer in terms of secluded location, spectacular views and great food. Breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake from Roark's Kitchen is well worth the detour of the then main road. Breakfast is served from 11am.
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Ballintoy Harbour
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Fans of Game of Thrones will be familiar with the iconic image of Ballintoy harbour but for those of us who have escaped the GoT bug - Ballintoy has much to offer in terms of secluded location, spectacular views and great food. Breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake from Roark's Kitchen is well worth the detour of the then main road. Breakfast is served from 11am.
Ramore head is the tip of the rocky headland at the tip of the peninsula that is Portush. The views across to Portstewart and Donegal are stunning on a clear day and the sunsets spectacular. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be rewarded with a passing pod od dolphins.
Ramore Head
Ramore head is the tip of the rocky headland at the tip of the peninsula that is Portush. The views across to Portstewart and Donegal are stunning on a clear day and the sunsets spectacular. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be rewarded with a passing pod od dolphins.

Drinks & Nightlife

Thursday evening - is when local musicans drop in to play in session together. Highly recommended by previous guests.
Springhill Bar
17 Causeway St
Thursday evening - is when local musicans drop in to play in session together. Highly recommended by previous guests.

Essentials

Lidl supermarket
Lidl
55 Glenmanus Rd
Lidl supermarket
This store seems to have at least one of everything that you could need. Worth a visit
Portrush Home & Hardware
This store seems to have at least one of everything that you could need. Worth a visit
If you would prefer to have your laundry done for you - Jeremy and Alison will keep you right. The laundry is located about 6 minute walk from the house. They will also collect and deliver! Telephone: 028 7082 2060
The Viking Launderette
If you would prefer to have your laundry done for you - Jeremy and Alison will keep you right. The laundry is located about 6 minute walk from the house. They will also collect and deliver! Telephone: 028 7082 2060
Locally produced fruit and vegetables . Wonderful selection of home made jams and chutneys
The Salad Bowl
Locally produced fruit and vegetables . Wonderful selection of home made jams and chutneys

Everything Else

The EUROSPAR petrol station has a very good grocery store with an in-house butcher's counter. The quality of the meet is excellent
Maxol Service Station EUROSPAR, Hillcrest, Portrush
121 Coleraine Rd
The EUROSPAR petrol station has a very good grocery store with an in-house butcher's counter. The quality of the meet is excellent

Arts & Culture

Book lovers will adore the BookCase - be warned you could spend hours in this Aladdin's cave of a bookshop. The owner stocks eveything from rare collectables to light holiday reading.
The Bookcase
12 Dunluce Ave
Book lovers will adore the BookCase - be warned you could spend hours in this Aladdin's cave of a bookshop. The owner stocks eveything from rare collectables to light holiday reading.
Theatre attached to the University. Performances and shows touring Belfast and Derry will frequently do one night in the Riverside.
The Riverside
3 Riverside Regional Centre
Theatre attached to the University. Performances and shows touring Belfast and Derry will frequently do one night in the Riverside.
The Gallery on main street Portrush. Photography shop, Peter iNaish the owner s a very talented photographer and has captured iconic images from the North Coast. If you are lucky his beautiful book on the Carrick-Rede bridge may stil be available.
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The Gallery on main street Portrush. Photography shop, Peter iNaish the owner s a very talented photographer and has captured iconic images from the North Coast. If you are lucky his beautiful book on the Carrick-Rede bridge may stil be available.