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19 February 2020

A guide to living in Portrush


From hitting a hole-in-one at Royal Portrush Golf Club to relaxing on one of the many sandy beaches, there are plenty of things to see and do in Portrush. have created a guide to living in this seaside town, highlighting the top attractions in the area, the local eateries and more!

A guide to Portrush

Portrush is a small, fun-loving seaside town that grew from a fishing village into a popular holiday destination for locals and tourists. Set on a mile long peninsula, the location offers spectacular beaches and views across the Atlantic Ocean.

From charming shops, cosy restaurants and lively pubs, Portrush offers something for everyone. The town’s main commercial strip, Main Street, offers plenty of high street shops, charming boutiques, culinary experiences and much more. If you are searching for a more leisurely day, why not visit Ramore Head, the rocky formation found at the northern tip of the town. From scenic walks to marvellous views, Ramore Head offers great enjoyment for all the family and is a must visit on a sunny summer day.

All eyes were cast upon this seaside resort in 2019 for The Open Championship. Both golf professionals and sporting fanatics descended upon the town for the 148th Open, experiencing top level golf in one of the most spectacular settings – the world famous Royal Portrush.

This Co. Antrim town really is a haven for the outdoor lovers. Whether it is a round of golf at Royal Portrush, surfing the waves at West Strand or visiting one of the three sandy beaches, there are plenty of things to experience in this County Antrim town.

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Who is Portrush ideal for?

Portrush offers a lively atmosphere in a relaxed setting. Sport fanatics will have hours of fun playing golf at Royal Portrush, thrill seekers will enjoy the abundance of water sports on offer and those who enjoy the outdoors have many beautiful coastal walks on their doorstep.

However, Portrush is also a great spot for those who enjoy taking life at a slower pace with cosy restaurants not too far from the beautiful beaches.

The seaside town is located just over an hour’s drive from Belfast and a 20 minute drive from Coleraine. The town is also accessible via bus and train making it a great place for working commuters to reside.

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Where to eat in Portrush?

  • Golflinks Hotel Portrush: Visitors will be spoilt for choice when they dine at Golflinks Hotel Portrush. Guests can choose to dine at the Deerstalker Bar, Deerstalker Bistro or The Pizza Library, all of which cater to a range of tastes and offers something for everyone. Delicious, affordable and tasty, what is not to like?
  • Ocho Tapas Bistro: Located in the heart of the town, Ocho Tapas Bistro is a quality restaurant that serves freshly prepared dishes using locally sourced produce. They also accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dietary requirements.
  • Adelphi Bistro: Guests can enjoy the culinary delights of this award winning restaurant which offers gourmet style food in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dishes are prepared using fresh local produce.
  • Mermaid Kitchen and Bar: Located along the sea, the Mermaid Kitchen and Bar offers an extensive menu that caters for a range of palettes. With a casual dining experience coupled with the local specials, it is no surprise that this eatery is a hit with the locals.
  • The Harbour Bar: Whether you are enjoying a beverage at The Harbour Bar or an evening meal at The Harbour Bistro, enjoy a view over the water and top service from the staff. From wood fired grilled meats to their steaks and everything in between, their extensive menu caters for a range of palettes.
  • The Tides: If you like to enjoy your food while overlooking unrivalled sea views, then you need to visit The Tides. Visitors can enjoy popular international dishes in a relaxed and bright setting.
  • Neptune & Prawn: If you are searching for an Asian inspired dish then a visit to Neptune & Prawn is a must visit. Offering an informal dining experience along with an upstairs cocktail bar and dishes that are perfect for sharing, it is an ideal spot to visit with friends.
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What to do in Portrush?

  • Royal Portrush Golf Club: The Royal Portrush Golf Club was the spectacular setting of the 148th Open Championship. The 36 hole club has two link courses – the Dunluce Links (the championship course) and the Valley Links. Both command remarkable views across the North Atlantic towards Scotland and Donegal.
  • Portrush Whiterocks Beach: Portrush Whiterocks Beach was awarded the prestigious 2009 Blue Flag Award and is a favourite among both tourists and locals. Stretching from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle are mighty limestone cliffs that have been carved into a series of caves and arches throughout the centuries. Those who enjoy water sports flock to this beach for an adrenaline rush. Those who want to enjoy the views from the land can appreciate the stunning vistas towards Giant’s Causeway and back to Portrush and Donegal.
  • Portrush East Stand: Portrush East Strand offers 2 miles of golden sand, backed by sand dunes and the Royal Portrush Golf Club. This beach is located on the eastern side of the Peninsula and is a Blue Flag beach. It is the perfect spot to admire the sweeping views towards the North Atlantic Ocean and The Skerries.
  • Dunluce Castle: Resting on the outskirts of the town, Dunluce Castle is an iconic monument in Northern Ireland and a reminder of the area’s rich history. Poised precariously at the edge of the Co. Antrim cliffs, no trip on the Causeway Coast is complete without a visit to Dunluce Castle.
  • Ramore Head: Ramore Head is a rocky headland found at the northern tip of Portrush. This area offers beautiful views across the North Atlantic Ocean towards The Skerries, a small group of rocky islands. Ramore Head is the perfect place to escape the bustle of the town centre and enjoy coastal walking routes.
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Schools in Potrush

  • St Patrick’s Primary School: Built in 1945 on the East Strand beach, Saint Patrick’s Primary School welcomes children from all faiths and cultures. This school offers a range of after school clubs, including Little Cooks Club, Music Club and Golf Club.
  • Portrush Primary School: Portrush Primary School is located on the Crocknamack Road. Their motto reads “together we shape our future” highlighting both the teamwork and hard work that takes place in this school.
  • Carnalridge Primary School: Established in 1850, Canalridge Primary School has steadily grown into the school it is now. Experienced teaching staff are complemented by a committed team of teaching assistants, helping to create a motivating, inspiring and caring atmosphere.
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