Holiday Home on Portstewart Strand Road

Local Information, Attractions and Events


History of Portstewart

Named after the family whose 18th Century estate included the harbour - is a relaxing and sedate resort. It is linked to its neighbour Portrush by road and the Port Path, a three-mile coastal walk. The town has a picturesque harbour and promenade and to the west is the sweeping two-mile stretch of Portstewart Strand. This was once home to Neolithic and early Iron Age people whose flints, arrowheads and pottery shards have been excavated from beneath the sandhills.

Portstewart is an attractive town for shopping and eating out and has a flourishing arts and cultural scene with the well established Arts Centre, Flowerfield, as well as art galleries and shops situated along the Promenade. Famous for it's ice cream, visitors can sample a variety of home-made flavours at a number of ice-cream parlours, the famous 'Morelli's Ice Cream' among them.

A simple fishing village until the early 19th century, Portstewart, under the new ownership of John Cromie, set about developing it as a ‘watering place'. He built ‘good houses' to accommodate summer visitors and when the railway arrived in 1855 the expansion of Portstewart really took off. Local landowners however glad of the business the railway brought, did not want the railway lines to cross their land so the station was built a mile away from Portstewart, with a steam tram linking it to the Promenade.

Increasingly popular as a holiday centre during the 20s and 30s, Portstewart also remained a busy fishing port right up to the Second World War with a new harbour being built for the fleet. The sight of the fishing smacks setting off with the sun sinking behind the Innishowen hills in Donegal helped inspire the songwriter Jimmy Kennedy to pen the poignant ‘Red Sails in the Sunset'.

A prominent feature of the town is O'Hara's Rock Castle, built in 1834 and later converted into a school, still in use today as part of Dominican College School. Beneath this building begins a magnificent cliff walk leading to Portstewart Strand and a holy well from which St Patrick is reputed to have drunk (Tober Patrick).

At the crescent youngsters and families can enjoy a superb play pool and outdoor entertainment complex, complete with bandstand and tiered seating. There is an artificial lake, climbing frames, slides and see-saws. Other recreational facilities include bowls, tennis and football at The Warren and there is a 9-hole and two excellent 18-hole golf courses.

The Causeway Coast Way, one of eight Waymarked Ways throughout Northern Ireland, is an exhilarating walking route following the dramatic north Ulster coastline from Portstewart to Ballycastle. The 52km waymarked route incorporates the Port Path (Portstewart Strand to Whiterocks, Portrush) and the Causeway Coast path. The route passes along sandy beaches, rocky bays, high cliffs, seaside resorts and small fishing villages, offering a great variety of coastal scenery within the designated Causeway Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Walks

Short walks along the sea front in both directions both towards the beach and towards the town around the cliff top. This is accessible from steps, to the left of the wall opposite the house.

Longer walks are possible as far as you wish along the coast.  Here are a couple of links to good ones:

Portstewart Strand - Sand dune and estuary Trail

Port Path


Golf

Locally there are 3 courses, Strand, Riverside and Old Course all within walking distance from the house.

Portstewart Golf Courses

Further afield you have Royal Portrush, Castlerock, Bushfoot, Castlerock all within a short drive

Royal Portrush Golf Club

Castlerock Golf Club

Bushfoot Golf Club

Ballycastle Golf Club


Surf

Portstewart and Portrush offer a number of good breaks throughout the year. Tides notices and equipment are available for rent from

Atlantic Warriors
18 Main St, Portrush.
Tel: 028 7082 5665

Mobile Beach Shop
Portstewart Strand (Seasonal)
Contact: Keith Davidson
Tel: 07879886005

Ocean Warriors Surf Shop and Kite Store
80 The Promenade, Portstewart
Tel/Fax: 028 7083 6500
Surf and beach store. Wetsuits, bodyboards, surfboards, clothing and beach accessories. Wetsuit, board and sit-on canoe hire. Lessons available.
Open Easter - September: 10.00am - 6.00pm (Late night opening July & August)

Ocean Warriors Surf Shack
Whiterocks Beach, Portrush
Tel: 028 7083 6500. From the unmissable yellow Volkswagen Van you can hire everything you need for a great day at the beachThe surf shack hires out surf body boards, kayaks and wetsuits and has a great range of beach essentials, for the seasoned surfer or family day out.

Troggs & Surfing Ireland
88 Main Street, Portrush (& 20 The Diamond, Portstewart Tel: 028 7083 3361)
Tel: 028 70 825 476 Fax: 028 70 823 923
Email: shop@troggs.com
Equipment hire, including wetsuits, boards and advice on what beach is best to go to. A large inventory of wetsuits, booties, gloves, hoods, surfboards, beginner longboards and bodyboards available for hire.

Woodies
Board Hire, equipment sales and tuition (PHONE FOR FREE SURF REPORT)
102 Lower Main Street, Portrush
Tel: 028 7082 3273
Email: woodiessurf@btconnect.com

 


To Eat

Heres a few suggestions as to the better places to eat

The Anchorage
89 The Promenade
Portstewart, BT55
028 7083 2003

Shenanigans
78 The Promenade
Portstewart, BT55
07855 802 252

Preference Bistro
81 The Promenade,
Portstewart BT55 7AQ
028 70 833959

The Ramore Wine Bar
Harbour Rd
Portrush, BT56 8DF
028 70824313

55 North
5 Causeway St
Portrush, BT56 8AB
028 70822811

 


To Drink

Heres a couple of excellent pubs nearby

The Anchor
89 The Promenade
Portstewart, BT55
028 7083 2003

The Ice House
9 The Promenade
Portstewart, BT55 7AD
028 70831103