This beautiful seaside town situated on Northern Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast dates back to around the 12th or 13th century and records show that the area was occupied as far back as the late Mesolithic period.
From around the middle of the 1600s, Portrush became, like many other coastal towns and villages a fishing town and it wasn’t until the late 1800s that tourism put Portrush firmly on the map. It is now one of the most popular resorts in Northern Ireland for tourists who wish to soak up the history of the place and enjoy some of the many attractions that Portrush has to offer.
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Game of Thrones.
Unless you’ve been in hibernation for the past few years you can’t have failed to notice what a phenomenon the TV series Game of Thrones has become. Northern Ireland is one of the locations used for filming with the region’s historic castles and stunningly beautiful scenery being used as a backdrop for the fantasy series. We can’t guarantee that you’ll encounter any dragons or White walkers but the beech tree-lined road known as the Dark Hedges of Armoy at Stanocum, and called the Kings Road in the programme, is sure to fire your imagination. The magnificent Towers of the Stangford Castle Ward Estate is the location otherwise known as Winterfell.
Northern Ireland and Causeway Coast is Game of Thrones Territory: (https://www.ireland.com/articles/game-of-thrones-locations/) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4JS3LA6wos
Places to Visit.
Elsewhere, Portrush East Strand beach is a long, sandy stretch popular with surfers and dog walkers and if surfing’s your thing the Portrush Surf School has knowledgeable, expert tutors to show you the ropes.
For those who prefer a more sedate yet challenging experience, the Royal Portrush Golf Club on Dunluce Road offers an 18-hole Championship course for the discerning golfer.
Families will love to spend a day or two at Barry’s Amusement Park or Waterworld whilst wildlife watchers will adore a Causeway Sea Tour or Fishing Charter for a relaxing day’s seal and bird watching. To truly appreciate the beauty of Northern Ireland’s dramatic coastline you have to visit the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and get a sense of the legends and history of the area.
Some of Ireland’s most iconic and photographed spots are here in Portrush. It’s no wonder the Causeway Coast – a beautiful collection of quaint villages nestled into hillsides along the coastline all the way from Belfast to Derry – was voted Lonely Planet’s 2018 no1 destination to visit. Here, you’ll experience breath-taking landscapes that you’ll never forget (you may even recognise some from HBO’s fantasy show Game of Thrones!).
Whether you’re visiting for a romantic cosy stay away with your loved one, a girly break with your nearest and dearest or a well-deserved family break away, there’s plenty to see and do!
First up we have the NW 200 in May, Ireland’s number 1 outdoor sporting event which takes place between the Causeway Coastal towns. The course, called the Triangle is the fastest in the world and attracts visitors worldwide every year.
Then we have the 148th Open at Royal Portrush returning in July for the first time in almost 70 years. In August and September we’ve got front row seats the family favourites Air Waves, the most spectacular annual airshow and Pirates off Portrush an exciting and fun filled family day out with parades, kids entertainment and music celebrating the history of Portrush.
November welcomes back Atlantic Sessions showcasing over 50 artists across 20 locations in the Portrush area – a must for all music fans.
Alongside numerous other fantastic festivals- whether you are a foodie, a Thronie or a birdie we have the menu, the tour and the course for you.
Heart & Soul of Portrush Tasting Tour.
Join your friends and embark on a 4.5 hour walking tour of Portrush’s only craft beer brewery & finest gastronomy establishments visiting 4 venues sampling the freshest, award-winning, local produce. This tour is about getting together and sharing food, drink, experiences & stories.
- Friday 27th Sept.
- Friday 18th Oct.
- Friday 1st Nov.
- Fri 29th Nov.
For further information check out Causeway Foodie Tour website.
Food and Drink at Port Kitchen & Bar Menu.
Join us this at the Port Kitchen & Bar, and experience our delicious menu.
To book your table call: 02870826100
RNLI on board for 2019 Sponsors.
The Portrush Atlantic Hotel and RNLI are delighted to announce their partnership again for 2019, which promises to include a fantastic line up of fundraising events throughout the year. Natasha Garrott, General Manager from Portrush Atlantic commented; ‘We are excited to be on board with the RNLI for 2018 and look forward to working with the charity and their team of volunteers throughout the year to deliver some fabulous events’ Keith Gilmore, Lifeboat Operations Manager added; The fundraising team, the volunteer crew, and the station management of Portrush Lifeboat Station are delighted to be forming a partnership with the Portrush Atlantic Hotel for 2019. We eagerly anticipate that with the help of the Portrush Atlantic Hotel there will be many fun events which will generate much needed funds for the work of saving lives at sea by the RNLI.’ Contact 02870826100 for further details. @PortrushAtlantic
Pictured are Amy Maguire, Sales Manager, Portrush Atlantic Hotel, Keith Gilmore, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Portrush; Tim Nelson Volunteer Crew member;Dorothy Weeks, Lifeboat Shop Supervisor; Sarah Edmundson, Fundraising Committee, Paula Clyde, Fundraising treasurer, Natasha Garrott, General Manager Portrush Atlantic Hotel & Val McDonald, RNLI Education To find out more about all that RNLI do: click here: RNLI