North Coast guidebook

Esther And Andrew
Esther And Andrew
North Coast guidebook

Sightseeing

Accessed by a spectacular, steep winding road, it is a painter’s paradise with sea stacks, rocky islands, pools and busy harbour leading to one of Europe’s great cliff-top and wild beach walks. A car park and picnic facilities are available beside the harbour café
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Ballintoy Harbour
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Accessed by a spectacular, steep winding road, it is a painter’s paradise with sea stacks, rocky islands, pools and busy harbour leading to one of Europe’s great cliff-top and wild beach walks. A car park and picnic facilities are available beside the harbour café
Stroll along the board walk by the river and along the old railway track. You can then either take the longer cliff walk past Runkerry House or the short cut through the gated field up towards the Causeway visitors Centre. The walks at the Giants Causeway are free so you only need to pay if you want to park close by and enter the visitors centre. There’s an upper cliff path with great views or the popular lower path which takes you close up to the world famous rock formations.
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Portballintrae
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Stroll along the board walk by the river and along the old railway track. You can then either take the longer cliff walk past Runkerry House or the short cut through the gated field up towards the Causeway visitors Centre. The walks at the Giants Causeway are free so you only need to pay if you want to park close by and enter the visitors centre. There’s an upper cliff path with great views or the popular lower path which takes you close up to the world famous rock formations.
Another special location on the north coast. This is a lovely wee adventure walk with great views and stones beaches talking you up to an impressive hole in the cliff that you can walk through to Portbradden. There are a few heights involved and some uneven ground. The harbour at Dunseverick has toilets and popular spots for jumping into the sea from a height. If you park at the top of the harbour lane in the road lay-by you can also make your way down, over the style to the Dunseverick falls. This is a favourite, lesser known place of ours to go where you see the waterfall plummet directly into the sea.
Dunseverick
Another special location on the north coast. This is a lovely wee adventure walk with great views and stones beaches talking you up to an impressive hole in the cliff that you can walk through to Portbradden. There are a few heights involved and some uneven ground. The harbour at Dunseverick has toilets and popular spots for jumping into the sea from a height. If you park at the top of the harbour lane in the road lay-by you can also make your way down, over the style to the Dunseverick falls. This is a favourite, lesser known place of ours to go where you see the waterfall plummet directly into the sea.
If you just want to walk at a beach the views at Whitepark Bay beach are breathtaking. This beach has sandy and pebbly areas and even the odd cow! Due to strong water currents, this beach is not suitable for swimming but fine for a paddle in the shallows. If you go when the tide is further out, make your way towards Ballintoy Harbour for great photos of unusual rock formations including Elephant Rock.
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Whitepark Bay Beach
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If you just want to walk at a beach the views at Whitepark Bay beach are breathtaking. This beach has sandy and pebbly areas and even the odd cow! Due to strong water currents, this beach is not suitable for swimming but fine for a paddle in the shallows. If you go when the tide is further out, make your way towards Ballintoy Harbour for great photos of unusual rock formations including Elephant Rock.
Walk to the famous Mussenden Temple via the scenic garden walk at Lions Gate. There is a charge for this route but a free option is generally available if you are prepared to walk a bit further. You can park in the little car park just beyond the entrance of Castlerock caravan park and follow the lane up to where the path slips off to the right and down into the woods. Go up the steps and make your way along the grassy path towards the Temple for fantastic views over Castlerock and Downhill beaches.
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Mussenden Temple
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Walk to the famous Mussenden Temple via the scenic garden walk at Lions Gate. There is a charge for this route but a free option is generally available if you are prepared to walk a bit further. You can park in the little car park just beyond the entrance of Castlerock caravan park and follow the lane up to where the path slips off to the right and down into the woods. Go up the steps and make your way along the grassy path towards the Temple for fantastic views over Castlerock and Downhill beaches.
Castlerock beach is one of my favourite beaches. It has a drive on area and a car free area. Lifeguards are on duty in Summer months. Walk out along the pier (to view Portstewart Strand) or walk to the left to see unusual inlets and a stunning view of Mussenden with rocks to clamber on. There are toilets, coffee shops and take-away food shops nearby. Castlerock beach tends to be quieter than the beaches at Portrush or Portstewart.
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Castlerock
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Castlerock beach is one of my favourite beaches. It has a drive on area and a car free area. Lifeguards are on duty in Summer months. Walk out along the pier (to view Portstewart Strand) or walk to the left to see unusual inlets and a stunning view of Mussenden with rocks to clamber on. There are toilets, coffee shops and take-away food shops nearby. Castlerock beach tends to be quieter than the beaches at Portrush or Portstewart.
This National Trust treasure is a two-mile stretch of golden sand and is one of Northern Ireland's finest beaches, affording views of Inishowen headland and Mussenden Temple perched on the cliffs above. It is an ideal place for lazy picnics, surfing and long walks along the beach or into the sand dunes and to the River Bann beyond. Portstewart Strand is a drive on beach with a charge per car. You can walk on for free by parking and walking down (if you don’t have lots of beach stuff!). A stunning cliff walk exists past the Convent. If there is likely to be a sunset, this beach is breathtaking. Beach parking in later evening is free. Harry's Shack restaurant at this beach with sandy floors, outside eating areas and outside toilets is worth a visit too
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Portstewart Strand
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This National Trust treasure is a two-mile stretch of golden sand and is one of Northern Ireland's finest beaches, affording views of Inishowen headland and Mussenden Temple perched on the cliffs above. It is an ideal place for lazy picnics, surfing and long walks along the beach or into the sand dunes and to the River Bann beyond. Portstewart Strand is a drive on beach with a charge per car. You can walk on for free by parking and walking down (if you don’t have lots of beach stuff!). A stunning cliff walk exists past the Convent. If there is likely to be a sunset, this beach is breathtaking. Beach parking in later evening is free. Harry's Shack restaurant at this beach with sandy floors, outside eating areas and outside toilets is worth a visit too
A fun-loving seaside town, Portrush is a the top-rated holiday destination for Northern Ireland locals visitors alike. With beautiful beaches - East and West Strands, stunning scenery, fantastic food and a world-famous golf course (Royal Portrush), this destination is one not to be missed.
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Portrush
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A fun-loving seaside town, Portrush is a the top-rated holiday destination for Northern Ireland locals visitors alike. With beautiful beaches - East and West Strands, stunning scenery, fantastic food and a world-famous golf course (Royal Portrush), this destination is one not to be missed.
The Dark Hedges - a Game of Thrones must-see
Dark Hedges Estate
141 Ballinlea Road
The Dark Hedges - a Game of Thrones must-see
A well-worth adventure but not for those who dislike heights! This famous rope bridge is suspended across a 30m deep and 20m wide chasm. Cross it if you dare!
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Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
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A well-worth adventure but not for those who dislike heights! This famous rope bridge is suspended across a 30m deep and 20m wide chasm. Cross it if you dare!
A fantastic visit with stunning views, this castle dates back to 1300.
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Dunluce Castle
87 Dunluce Rd
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A fantastic visit with stunning views, this castle dates back to 1300.
This UNESCO World Heritage will not disappoint. Wear good walking shoes to access the amazing rock formations. Top Tip: there are stunning cliff-top walks all around the Causeway. Don't be in a rush home!
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Giants Causeway
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This UNESCO World Heritage will not disappoint. Wear good walking shoes to access the amazing rock formations. Top Tip: there are stunning cliff-top walks all around the Causeway. Don't be in a rush home!
See how the very best Irish whiskey is made. Bushmills is home to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery in Ireland. With over 400 years in business, their fun-guided tours are well worth it.
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Old Bushmills Distillery
2 Distillery Rd
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See how the very best Irish whiskey is made. Bushmills is home to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery in Ireland. With over 400 years in business, their fun-guided tours are well worth it.

Food scene

A great restaurant with beautiful views of the Portstewart coastline. Well worth a visit but book early!
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Amici Ristorante
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A great restaurant with beautiful views of the Portstewart coastline. Well worth a visit but book early!
A lovely place to relax and enjoy good food and coffee after a long day at the beach.
The Surf Shack - Coffee & Surf
11 Main Street
A lovely place to relax and enjoy good food and coffee after a long day at the beach.
Located on the Portstewart Strand, this is a great place to eat and unwind.
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Harry's Shack
116 Strand Rd
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Located on the Portstewart Strand, this is a great place to eat and unwind.

Activities

The Crannagh Activity Centre has lots of activities on offer include Water Skiing, Wakeboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing and Kayaking, with Jumbo Paddleboards available for group and party bookings. There is something for everyone, no matter what your age or ability.
The Crannagh
78 Portstewart Rd
The Crannagh Activity Centre has lots of activities on offer include Water Skiing, Wakeboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing and Kayaking, with Jumbo Paddleboards available for group and party bookings. There is something for everyone, no matter what your age or ability.
The Lake Kilrea is your must visit destination for thrills, spills, splashes, dashes, bombing, jumping, bouncing and pouncing. Come and spend an activity packed day with your friends, family and colleagues and re-discover what it means to have serious fun again.
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The Lake Kilrea. Aqua Water Park
69b Bridge Street
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The Lake Kilrea is your must visit destination for thrills, spills, splashes, dashes, bombing, jumping, bouncing and pouncing. Come and spend an activity packed day with your friends, family and colleagues and re-discover what it means to have serious fun again.
Flowerfield Arts Centre is home to world-class contemporary art exhibitions and a packed creative learning programme, as well as films and music events . Workshops for adults and children have included painting, ceramics, glassmaking, jewellery making to name but a few. See their website for details and bookings.
Flowerfield Arts Centre
185 Coleraine Road
Flowerfield Arts Centre is home to world-class contemporary art exhibitions and a packed creative learning programme, as well as films and music events . Workshops for adults and children have included painting, ceramics, glassmaking, jewellery making to name but a few. See their website for details and bookings.
With cinema, bowling, soft play, arcade, mini golf and more, there's plenty for the family to do here on a wet (or dry) day!
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Jet Centre
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With cinema, bowling, soft play, arcade, mini golf and more, there's plenty for the family to do here on a wet (or dry) day!
Head to Portrush for rides and amusements to suit all ages at Curry’s ( formerly Barry’s). It operates a token system and snack are available to purchase inside. Chequers chippy is just across the road and there are various restaurants nearby if you prefer to sit in.
Curry's Fun Park (Barry's)
16 Eglinton Street
Head to Portrush for rides and amusements to suit all ages at Curry’s ( formerly Barry’s). It operates a token system and snack are available to purchase inside. Chequers chippy is just across the road and there are various restaurants nearby if you prefer to sit in.
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Royal Portrush Golf Club
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