Home And Away Guide: Inn on the Coast
Portrush is one of the principal seaside resort towns in Northern Ireland enjoying a mile long peninsula with numerous restaurants, bars and local shops. There are many accommodation choices including camping, caravans, cottages, self catering apartments, family guesthouses and the highly impressive Inn on the Coast just outside the town on the Portstewart claiming one of the most spectacular settings of all hotels along the Antrim Coast.
This "Pet Friendly" hotel has its own free off road car-park, is close to many wonderful attractions and Coleraine is a short drive away. The properties thirty bedrooms offering king-size and single beds are spacious many with sea views. Hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities and remote control free view TV’s are standard throughout. The recently refurbished traditional pub and restaurant at Inn on the Coast is the perfect place to relax enjoying great local produce and a drink or two! Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the public areas a step ahead of other properties in the area. Port rush is known for its three beautiful beaches, White Rocks, East Strand and West Strand.
The Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge is situated between Ballycastle and Ballintoy and is one of the most famous things to do is to walk across this narrow swinging rope bridge hovering 80 feet above the sea. Constructed of rope and wooden planks this bridge is connected to a very small offshore island from the mainland and can only be accessed during the summer months as it is removed before winter comes. The nearby Old Bushmills Distillery is the World’s oldest licensed Whiskey Distillery. King James I granted the original License to distil ‘Aqua Vitae’ in 1608 and since then Bushmills have been making the finest Irish Malt Whiskey here for almost four hundred years.
Founded in 1888, The Royal Portrush golf course is overlooked by the ruins of the 13th century Dunluce castle, making its setting and views nothing less than spectacular. The links layout of the two courses threads its way through giant dunes, along cliffs and into the valleys. Both courses feature magnificent turf, tricky greens and narrow fairways, finished off with a good dollop of high winds to make it a good challenge for the even most seasoned golfers. The Dunluce course is the more demanding side and the championship course of the two. Calamity corner, the aptly named short 14th is probably the signature hole on this course. 210 yards long, it requires a long carry over a deep gully to a green perched above a 100 ft drop. A popular spot for families during summer is Barry’s.
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Robert Walshe is a travel broadcaster with Q Radio in Northern Ireland and Travel Editor for River Media newspaper titles across the island of Ireland.
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