CASTLES AND LOCAL VENUES
Dunluce Castle: The iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim by the MacQuillan family around 1500, the earliest written record of the castle was in 1513.
Kinbane Castle: Kinbane Castle is a State Care Historic Monument sited in the townland of Cregganboy, in Moyle District Council area. The area surrounding Kinbane Castle is a Scheduled Historic Monument, it also offers spectacular views of Rathlin Island and Dunagregor Iron Age fort.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge: Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the rope bridge challenge! The rope bridge originally consisted of a single rope hand rail which has been replaced by a two hand railed bridge by the National Trust.
Mussenden Temple: The Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. It perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland, offering spectacular views westwards over Downhill Strand
Downhill House: Discover the striking 18th-century mansion of the eccentric Earl Bishop that now lies in ruin and enjoy the espectacular views of the coastal zone.
Bushmills Distillery: Bushmills is the oldest working distillery in Ireland. It’s located in a small village that for over 400 years has kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey.
Barry’s Amusement: Barry’s Amusement is the largest theme park in Northern Ireland. It is situated within walking distance from the hostel and it is a popular family attraction for visitors to the area
NATURAL SITES AND BEACHES
Giants Causeway: A site of World Heritage ranked alongside Mount Everest and the Giant Redwoods of California for it's importance to humankind. Volcanic activity helped Finn Mc Cool forge this wonder of the World some 60 Million years ago. It is today the habitat of rare plants and animals.
Whitepark Bay: Whitepark Bay is a beautiful sandy beach with plenty of room to relax year-round. The beach is backed by ancient sand dunes, with a range of birds and other wildlife. Go for a walk along the beach, build a sandcastle, search for fossils and wildlife, or just relax in the sun.
Coastal Zone: Portrush Coastal Zone is the Department of the Environment's main coastal and marine centre. Discovery pools and tanks along with displays and activities give visitors the chance to learn more about Northern Ireland’s marine and coastal wildlife and heritage. At the rear of the centre is a viewing platform which affords excellent views towards the sea. From here dolphins, seals and harbour porpoises can sometimes be seen.
Portbraddon: Portbraddon is a charming hamlet, tucked in along the Causeway Coast just west of Whitepark Bay. The hamlet has an ancient salmon fishing station, and local myths claim that Portbraddon is home to the smallest church in Ireland.
The Dark Hedges: One of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland and a popular attraction for tourists from across the world. Famous for being the location of one of the episodes in HBO Game of Thrones.
Balintoy Harbour: Ballintoy Harbour can be discovered in the picturesque village of Ballintoy. Known as a ‘raised beach’, it is located alongside the B15 coast road, 17 miles north-east of Coleraine and five miles west of Ballycastle.
Portstewart Town and Strand: The town of Portstewart and the Strand are located just west of Portrush. Walk along the promenade through town and on to the Strand. You can enjoy the impressive Gothic mansion and coastal views, and relax or walk along the two-miles of golden sand beach.
Portballintrae: Portballintrae, meaning Port of the beach settlement, is a small, seaside village that originated as a fishing village. You can easily reach Bushfoot beach to the east of town, or Dunluce Castle to the west.
White Rocks Beach and Cliff Walk: The White Rocks limestone cliffs are an impressive sight not to be missed. They are located at the eastern end of the Portrush East Strand. This stunning, natural section of the Causeway stretches from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle.
CAFES, BARS & RESTAURANTS
Morelli’s: Award winning ice cream with a state of the art design from Italy and a very extensive menu to suit all tastes.
55 Degrees North: A café, bar and restaurant that offers everything from a quick snack to a full 3 course meal. It is located just next to the seaside, so costumers can enjoy an amazing view of Portrush East Strand while they enjoy some cocktails.
Panky Doo Café: A family run café that offers traditional breakfast, afternoon tea and a selection of pancakes, crepes, waffles and other yummy food.
Ramore Wine Bar and Restaurant: lovely place located next to the harbour with a fantastic tasting fresh food, lively atmosphere, and a menu to suit all tastes.
Neptune and Prawn: An informal dining experience serving many Asian inspired dishes which are perfect for sharing, along with an upstairs cocktail bar with amazing sunset views.
Ocho Tapas Bistro: Spanish inspired restaurant serving fresh local seafood and freshly prepared dishes using locally sourced produce.
Harbour Bar: One of the oldest bars on the North Coast, offering a huge selection of premium gins & spirits, wood fired snacks, and live entertainment on the house 8 nights a week.
Kiwi’s Brew Bar: A pub with a modern twist: its eclectic style is a mixture of New Zealand as well as Northern Ireland culture and influences! Kiwi’s Bar offers a wide selection of artisanal beers and live music several times per week.
Babushka Kitchen Café: Specialty coffee from various roasters. Homemade food and treats. Fresh Locally Sourced Produce. Amazing seaview.
Atlantic Bar & Lounge: This bar offers a selection of live music, bands and DJ's every week that are perfect to relax after a day around the coast.
Springhill Bar: Traditional family-run pub with live entertainment five nights a week.
SURFING AND GOLFING
Alive Surf School: Alive is the longest running surf school in Northern Ireland. Their classes are suitable for kids from five years and upwards.The lessons last for two hours and include all equipment as well as a free drink and snack for after the lesson is finished Check the link for special promotions and discounts. You can book one night accommodation and one surfing lesson for just 32.50
Royal Portrush Golf Club: Home to two of the most challenging golf courses in the world: Dunluce Links and Valley Links.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS