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Northern Ireland’s

North Coast Visitor Guide 2013

www.northcoastni.com


Contents

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Touring

History & Heritage

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SEASIDE Fun

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Golf

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Watersports

Walking

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Retail & Relaxation

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Horse riding

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Angling

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Sailing & Cruising

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Adventure Sports

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Performing Arts

ACCOMMODATION

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2013 Events

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Welcome............................................... 4 Seaside Fun......................................... 6 History & Heritage ..........................16 Golf...................................................... 22 Water Sports.....................................28 Walking...............................................36 Cycling................................................42 Horse Riding.....................................46 Angling.............................................. 48 Sailing & Cruising.............................52 Adventure Sports............................56 Touring.............................................. 60 Bushmills & The Causeway............66 Retail & Relaxation..........................70 Performing Arts............................... 76 Eating Out.......................................... 78 2013 Events...................................... 80 Accommodation.............................. 84 How To Get There.......................... 102 Area Maps........................................ 104 Visitor Information......................... 114


Welcome The North Coast region stretches along the Atlantic coast from Portballintrae to Downhill through to the heart of the Bann Valley at Kilrea and Garvagh. It is a vast landscape of breathtaking coastlines and spectacular countryside. Immersed in history dating back almost 10,000 years, the town of Coleraine is a gateway to the seaside resorts of Portrush, Portstewart and Castlerock, where the dunes and Blue Flag beaches provide a playground for all ages.

Opportunities for outdoor activities abound, including some of the world’s best golf links courses right on our doorstep, while the North Atlantic waves provide a surfer’s paradise. You will never be short of things to do. This year is another big year for events in the area. In June 2013, Coleraine will host a weekend of celebration for the 400th anniversary of the town’s Royal Charter. Other renowned annual events such as the NI International Air Show, the International North West 200 Motor Cycle Races and the NI Milk Cup Football Tournament will attract visitors from far and wide and the excitement is building for the arrival of the World Police and Fire Games to Portrush for selected sports in August 2013.

Whether you’re thinking of coming to the North Coast for the first time, or you are a regular visitor, there will always be something new to see and do. The Tourist Information Centre in Coleraine will be pleased to provide you with any information on the area and assist you with your accommodation booking, whether you are looking for a hotel, guesthouse, B&B, self-catering property, hostel or a caravan park. The North Coast promises a warm welcome for visitors and an unforgettable experience. Find us on www.northcoastni.com or www.facebook.com/northcoastni or follow us on twitter @NorthCoastni

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Seaside Fun

Time spent at the seaside on the North Coast creates lasting memories. Northern Ireland’s premier seaside resort, Portrush is the perfect base for a family break. Children will love the mixture of beach and water activities, playgrounds and amusements. Whether you choose to experience the thrill of the white-knuckle rides or all the fun of the renowned fairground attractions, splash through the Atlantic breakers, explore natural habitats amongst the rock pools or enjoy awardwinning ice cream and great food - for young and old there is something to please everyone. Come rain or shine, Portrush provides the essential fun factor of a traditional resort. A short drive along the coast brings you to the pretty, neighbouring town of

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Portstewart, famed for its traditional promenade and wonderful two mile long, award winning beach providing stunning views of the Inishowen peninsula. Here too, you can also enjoy good food, colourful crafts and art galleries and a variety of leisure activities. For the urban experience, Coleraine – the capital of the Causeway Coast has lots to offer families too - whether you’re looking for entertainment, events for kids or just a relaxing break. Get the most out of your holiday on the North Coast by calling into the Tourist Information Centres at Coleraine or Portrush (seasonal) to collect the latest visitor information. Alternatively, check out: www.northcoastni.com www.facebook.com/northcoastni

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The North Coast boasts magnificent stretches of golden beaches with six of Northern Ireland’s eight Blue Flag Beach Awards. With excellent water quality, services and the presence of the RNLI beachguards during the summer months, there is plenty of fun to be had from building sand castles to splashing about the shore’s edge or surfing those North Atlantic waves.

Downhill Beach, Castlerock

West Bay Dhu Varren, Portrush, BT56 8EL West Bay is a family favourite with a popular promenade walk, views of the bustling harbour and just a short stroll to the town with all its attractions.

East Strand Causeway Street, Portrush, BT56 8DZ This golden beach stretches from Portrush to the White Rocks with superb views over the Skerries to the Scottish Islands. It is backed by sand dunes just waiting to be explored, but watch out for stray golf balls from the famous Royal Portrush golf course.

Whiterocks Bushmills Road, Portrush, BT56 8NF The Whiterocks beach forms a famous striking landmark on the North Coast with its magnificent chalk cliffs. The waves at the Whiterocks tend to be larger and stronger making it very popular with body, board and kayak surfers but beware of rip tides.

Portstewart Strand Visitor Centre and Shop

Castlerock Beach

Strand Road, Portstewart, BT55 7PG

Castlerock Beach is located in the tranquil resort of Castlerock with extensive dunes backing onto the championship Castlerock golf course.

T: 028 7083 6396 E: portstewart@nationaltrust.org.uk W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk www.facebook.com/PortstewartNT Open: 29 Mar – 14 April 10am to 6pm Mon - Sun 15 Apr – 24 May 10am to 6pm Sat & Sun only (depending on weather may open weekdays) 25 May – 1 Sept 10am to 7pm Mon – Sun Open all bank/public holidays within above dates The magnificent two-mile strand of glistening golden sand is one of Northern Ireland’s finest beaches for all ages. It is a perfect spot to spend lazy summer days, fun family picnics and take long walks into the sand dunes that are a haven for wild flowers and butterflies. The Bann Estuary is a sanctuary for waders, wildfowl and nesting birds. You can view this spectacle from a well positioned hide on the west side of the River Bann (key required, contact 028 7083 6396, key deposit £15). Programme of events and guided walks through the year. Dogs welcome on leads.

Sea Road, Castlerock, BT51 4RE

Portstewart Strand

Downhill Strand Seacoast Road, Downhill, BT51 4RP Downhill Strand forms the eastern end of a magnificent 7 mile stretch of golden sand, running from the cliffs at Downhill to Magilligan Point. It is probably one of the most photographed beaches on the North Coast, as it is overlooked by Mussenden Temple and regularly features in TV and film dramas, including the highly acclaimed, Game of Thrones.

Portballintrae Bay Beach Road, Portballintrae, BT57 8RZ The little horse shoe shaped embayment with its harbour is surrounded by the small village of Portballintrae. Please note there are no lifeguards at this beach.

Castlerock Beach

Facilities: Toilets, beach shower, shop, tea/ coffee & restaurant, vehicle recovery service. Admission charged when facilities open: Cars £4.50, Minibus £12.50, Coach £18, NT members free. Barrier closes two hours after facilities close.

East Strand, Portrush

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West Bay, Portrush Seaside Fun 9


Kids Entertainment If you need to be indoors or you fancy a break from the beach you will never be bored with the choice of fun places in the area.

Damhead Miniature Railway Damhead Road, Coleraine, BT52 2JS T: 077 1402 6864 E: thcaskey@aol.com A charming miniature steam or diesel train ride operates on designated Open Days. Picnic facilities are available on the site with indoor facilities available for the wet days. Train rides cost: Adults £2 and Children £1. Check www.northcoastni.com/whats-on for dates of Open Days.

Dunluce Centre

Finn Mc Cool’s Indoor Playground

Goldrush Entertainment Centre

A three floor soft play structure with spiral tube slides, cargo nets and tunnels, rope bridge, aerial glide, echo well, magic mirror, suspended Pod, obstacle course, climbing wall and tumble steps.

Wacky Workshop

Waterworld The Harbour, Portrush, BT56 8DF T: 028 7082 2001 W: www.northcoastni.com OPENING HOURS: •Water Play Area: June, July and August •10-Pin Bowling: Easter, June, July and August

11 Dunluce Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8DG T: 028 7082 2100 E: oforbes@btinternet.com W: www.goldrushportrush.com OPENING HOURS: Term–time: Wed to Sunday 10am to 6pm School & Bank holidays: Open daily 10am to 7pm Outside hours are available on request for group bookings or birthday parties (terms & conditions apply) Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas day, Boxing day & New Years Eve

The Pirate’s Cove fun pool has a range of thrilling features including twin 85 metre waterslides, jacuzzis, water playground and power blasting cannons. The centre also boasts a 6-lane, 10-pin bowling alley, featuring state of the art technology. Admission charge applies.

Prizezone & Arcade

**Last ticket sold 1 hour before area closes**

Goldrush Gaming

Darklight Laser Drome

Barry’s Amusement Park

Darklight is not just a game of tag with lasers, Darklight is much more! It is the most exciting competitive and inspiring game on the planet. Whatever your age, Darklight is a game that will get your heart racing to the outer boundaries of your imagination!

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat: 10am to 11.30pm Friday & Sunday: 10am to 1am Closed: Christmas day & boxing day

T: 028 7082 2340 E: info@barrysamusements.com W: www.barrysamusements.com

10 Sandhill Drive, Portrush, BT56 8BF T: 028 7082 4444 E: dunlucecentre@colerainebc.gov.uk W: www.dunlucecentre.co.uk April to September: Weekends 12noon to 5pm, Easter, July & August: 11am to 6pm daily

4D Turbo Tours 4D effects are synchronised with on screen action to deliver a unique and engaging experience!

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16 Eglinton Street, Portrush, BT56 8DX

A Portrush institution for over 70 years, Barry’s is the largest amusement park in Ireland with the very latest rides for indoor and outdoor entertainment.

Term –time: Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm School & Bank holidays: Open daily 10am to 10pm Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas day, Boxing day & New Years Eve

Goldrush Entertainment Centre is fun for all the family incorporating the ‘Wacky Workshop’ indoor adventure playground, ‘Prizezone’ ticket redemption area, amusement arcade, Avenue Café and Goldrush’s over 18s gaming area.

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ainment t r e t n E Kids Phil’s Family Amusements And Bingo Hall 68-72 Main Street, Portrush, BT56 8BN T: 028 7082 2201 E: info@philsamusements.co.uk W: www.philsamusements.co.uk OPENING HOURS: Mon-Sat: 10am - Late. Sunday: 12.30pm – Late. There’s super ‘Pay to Play’ entertainment and gaming machines together with weekend bingo at Phil’s, opposite The White House

Sportsland

Centre featuring trampolines, interactive frame, slides, ball pool and separate toddler area. Complimentary juice, tea, coffee and newspapers are available. Every paying child receives free tickets to spend at the fun shop.

The Coastal Zone at Portrush And National Nature Reserve 8 Bath Road, Portrush, BT56 8AP T: 028 7082 3600 E: john.cowan@doeni.gov.uk W: www.ehsni.gov.uk

Jet Centre Riverside Park South, Coleraine, BT51 3AW

OPENING HOURS: April – August: Daily 10am-5pm

T: 028 7035 0001 W: www.thejetcentre.co.uk Coleraine’s premier entertainment centre and indoor amusement arcade for kids of all ages.

Opening hours after September are being reviewed. Contact the Coastal Zone for more details.

Alley Cats Indoor Play Area

28-34 Main Street, Portrush, BT56 8BL

T: 028 7035 0010 W: www.alleycatsplay.co.uk Please ring for opening times.

T: 028 7082 2766 E: info@portrushsportsland.co.uk W: www.portrushsportsland.co.uk

Movie House Cinema

Coleraine Leisure Centre

T: 028 7035 0000 W: www.moviehouse.co.uk

Railway Road, Coleraine, BT52 1PE

Times vary. Matinees at weekends and during school holidays – check website for details.

OPENING HOURS: Mon-Fri: 9am-10pm Sat: 9am-6pm Sun: 2pm-6pm

OPENING HOURS: Daily: 10am – 11pm Sportsland’s Big Red Game Centre for families on Main Street is also home to Fun 4 Kids adventure playground.

Fun4kids 28-34 Main Street, Portrush, BT56 8BL T: 075 4433 6843 E: info@portrushfun4kids.co.uk W: www.portrushfun4kids.co.uk OPENING HOURS: Easter – September: Daily 10am-8.30pm September – Easter: Weekends only 11am-6pm (Parties may be booked during the week by prior arrangement) A children’s indoor adventure playground located in Sportsland’s Big Red Game 12 www.northcoastni.com

Superstrikes Ten Pin Bowling T: 028 7035 0005 W: www.superstrikesbowling.co.uk Open: Monday to Friday 2pm to 11.30pm, Sat/Sun 10am to 11.30pm with extended summer opening hours.

My City Café T: 028 7035 0015 Opening hours vary.

T: 028 7035 6432

The Coastal Zone at Portrush is a centre for marine and coastal education. Visitors to the centre will be taken on a journey of Northern Ireland’s wildlife and heritage found under the sea and along our coasts. The viewing platform at the back of the centre affords excellent views towards the sea, where just off the coast, dolphins, seals and harbour porpoises can sometimes be seen.

(Please note opening times of swimming pool may vary) Coleraine Leisure Centre boasts one of the most up to date leisure centre facilities in Northern Ireland. The swimming pool offers a superb minor pool suitable for parents with very young children. Fun features include a mini walrus slide and a bubbling water volcano. The ‘Gym’ Fitness Studio offers comprehensive cardio-vascular and fitness equipment and there is a superb health suite comprising a sauna, steam room and spa. ‘The Court’ is an all new fitness room for classes in spin cycling and pilates. The centre also includes a cafeteria. There is disabled access to all facilities including separate changing areas. Seaside Fun 13


Playparks And Sporting Facilities Portstewart Warren Old Coach Road, Portstewart, BT55 2HD T: 077 3834 0805 This recreation area incorporates a children’s play park, 2 tennis courts, 2 bowling greens and 1 football pitch complemented by a state of the art bowling pavilion and football changing facility. Equipment is available to hire. Booking is advisable for all sporting activities.

Ramore Head Recreation Grounds And Play Park

Portstewart Crescent

Ramore Head, Portrush, BT56 8BB

T: 078 7988 6005

T: 028 7082 4441 (seasonal)

OPENING HOURS (weather dependent) Easter, Jul & Aug: Daily May, Jun & Sept: Weekends

OPENING HOURS: Recreation Grounds: Easter & summer months: Mon-Sat 10am-Dusk; Sun 1pm-7pm Children’s Play Park: Open all year

The Promenade, Portstewart, BT55 7AB

Twelve top class tennis courts lie alongside two bowling greens, one golf putting area and one crazy golf area, with regular matches and tournaments providing plenty of entertainment. The Play Park has an extensive range of play equipment. The grounds are serviced with a fully equipped pavilion, changing rooms, cafeteria and a hire facility for tennis, bowls and putting.

This outdoor family facility has undergone a complete refurbishment including a state of the art musical water fountain. Summer attractions include motorised bumper boats, bouncy castle, bouncy slide, kids motorised cars, go-kart track, jungle run, sumo suits, gladiator joust and play area. Café facilities are available on site. The ‘Witch’s Hat’ area provides an ideal setting for concerts and entertainment shows with tiered seating giving a wonderful theatrical effect.

The Arcadia Playpark

Kilrea Sports Complex

Adjacent to East Strand, Portrush, BT56 8HE

Craiglea Gardens, Kilrea, BT51 5QZ

T: 028 7034 7234

T: 028 2954 1483 F: 028 2954 1945

OPENING HOURS: Easter: Daily 10am-Dusk May-Jun: Sat and Sun 10am-Dusk Jul-Aug: Daily 10am-10pm Sept: Phone for details

OPENING HOURS: Mon–Fri 10.00am-10.00pm; Sat 10.00am-6.00pm; Sun closed.

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Multi-purpose sports hall, catering for indoor bowls, 5-a-side football, netball and many other sporting activities; can also be used for private functions such as birthday parties, meetings, concerts etc. Also provides an outdoor soccer/Gaelic football pitch, outdoor bowling pavilion and children’s play park.

Football To book any of the pitches contact Coleraine Leisure Centre. T: 028 7035 6432 Woodend Park, Articlave, BT51 4UY One pitch, no changing accommodation Freehall Road, Castlerock, BT51 4TP One grass pitch, changing accommodation Anderson Park, Millburn Road, Coleraine, BT52 1QX One grass pitch with changing pavilion Crescent Playing Fields, The Crescent, Coleraine, BT52 2DS Five grass pitches (one floodlit all weather pitch), changing accommodation Macosquin, Coleraine, BT51 4NE One grass pitch, no changing facilities Rugby Avenue Playing Fields, Coleraine, BT52 1JL Six grass pitches (one junior size, one all weather), changing facilities and track Windy Hall, Coleraine, BT52 1UA One grass pitch, changing accommodation Clyde Park, Garvagh, BT51 5NU Two grass pitches, changing accommodation

Kilrea Sports Complex, Craiglea Gardens, BT51 5QZ One pitch, changing accommodation Parker Avenue Playing Fields, Portrush, BT56 8JZ One grass pitch, changing accommodation The Warren, Old Coach Road, Portstewart, BT55 7HD One pitch, changing accommodation

Leisure Pitches Ballysally Road, Coleraine, BT52 2QA Two grass pitches, one multipurpose synthetic facility and changing facilities The Rope Walk, Coleraine, BT51 3HA One grass pitch, one multipurpose synthetic facility and changing facilities

Bowling (Outdoor) For further information on outdoor bowling please contact Leisure and Development Services – Coleraine Borough Council T: 028 7034 7234. Freehall Road, Castlerock, BT51 4TP One Green Brook Street, Coleraine, BT52 1QF One Green Lodge Road, Coleraine, BT52 1LU One Green

Craiglea Gardens, Kilrea, BT51 5QZ One Green Recreation Grounds, Ramore Head, Portrush, BT56 8BB T: 028 7082 4441 (Seasonal) Two Greens The Warren, Old Coach Road, Portstewart, BT55 7HD T: 07738 340805 Two Greens

Tennis For further information on tennis courts please contact Leisure and Development Services – Coleraine Borough Council T: 028 7034 7234. Recreation Grounds, Ramore Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8BB T: 028 7082 4441 12 courts (seasonal) Anderson Park, Millburn Road, Coleraine, BT52 1QX 4 floodlit synthetic courts The Warren, Old Coach Road, Portstewart, BT55 7HD T: 077 3834 0805 2 courts (Seasonal opening and closed on Sundays) Lisanduff Avenue, Portballintrae, BT57 8RU 1 court Recreation Grounds, Freehall Road, Castlerock, BT51 4TP 2 courts

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A Potted Hist ory

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People have been coming to the North Coast for thousands of years and pockets of history survive through the area’s unique built heritage. Coleraine is steeped in history – over 9000 years of it! Excavations at Mountsandel during the 1970s would suggest that it is the earliest known settlement site in Ireland. Across the River Bann in Somerset Park lies ‘Source’, a magnificent piece of public art which interprets 10,000 years of human settlement in Ireland. From there you may walk, cycle or drive to Coleraine Town Centre where you can find out more about the town’s rich history and culture.

Be sure to pick up a copy of “Round the Ramparts” from the Tourist Information Centre. If you wish to explore the origins of the area by car the Navigation and Plantation Historical Touring Route will tell you all you need to know (see page 19). Both the medieval ruins of Dunluce Castle and Mussenden Temple are found on the edge of dramatic cliff tops, overlooking the Atlantic ocean, which over centuries brought many of Ireland’s invaders and visitors. You will also find many ancient and historic churches in the area, along with numerous dolmens, burial chambers and standing stones, all waiting to be explored. Take a step back in time and discover our story.

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OPENING HOURS:

THE LOST COUNTY TOURS

16th-18th March 10am-5pm Sat, Sun & Mon 23rd-28th Mar 10am-5pm Sat & Sun 29th Mar-14th Apr 10am-5pm Mon – Sun 15th Apr-3rd May 10am-5pm Sat & Sun 4th May-8th Sept 10am-5pm Mon – Sun 14th Sept-29th Sept 10am-5pm Sat & Sun

in association with Coleraine Ulster Scots Resource Centre, 3A Union Street, Coleraine, BT52 1QB T: 028 7035 9412 W: www.coleraineulsterscots.org.uk A local guide with an in-depth knowledge of the local area and Ulster Scots heritage will take you on a historic walking tour of Coleraine. Duration: Approx 1 hour. Cost: £5.00 per person.

Grounds (Downhill only): Access all year (seasonal charge applies)

DUNLUCE CASTLE 87 Dunluce Road, Portrush, BT57 8UY T: 028 2073 1938 E: dunluce.castle@doeni.gov.uk W: www.ni-environment.gov.uk OPENING HOURS: April - Sept: Daily 10am - 6pm Oct and March: Daily 10am - 5pm Nov – Feb: Daily 10am – 6pm Note: Last admission half hour before closing Dunluce is one of the most picturesque and romantic of Irish Castles. A defended site from at least 500AD, the present castle ruins date mainly from the 16th & 17th centuries. It was inhabited by both the McQuillan and MacDonnell clans. New historical and archaeological exhibits and a new permanent archaeological dig began in January 2012.

Two visits in one! Visit the stunning landscape of Downhill Demesne, and discover the striking 18th century mansion of the eccentric Earl Bishop that now lies in ruins, then explore Mussenden Temple, perched on the cliff edge. Extensive parkland, gardens and woodland walks. Discover the fantastic wildlife in the area. As an extra treat learn about the reality of life in the rural 17th century cottage of Hezlett House and its Orchard, allotments and pleasant country garden. Facilities include car park, toilets and light refreshments. Extensive events programme throughout the year. ADMISSION CHARGES: Adult: Child: Family:

Gift Aid Standard Admission £4.70 £4.27 £2.35 £2.13 £11.70 £10.68

Group 15 person+: £3.70pp Group out of hours: £6.30pp

BISHOP’S GATE & BLACK GLEN Mussenden Road, Downhill, BT51 4RP (approximately 1 mile from Castlerock)

DOWNHILL DEMESNE & HEZLETT HOUSE Mussenden Road, Castlerock, BT51 4RP National Trust Area Office T/F: 028 7084 8728 E: downhilldemesne@nationaltrust.org.uk W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk www.facebook.com/DownhillNationalTrust 18 www.northcoastni.com

A fine classical gate, which was once the main entrance to Downhill Castle, gardens, arboretum and woodland walks leads to Portvantage Glen. The Bishop’s Gate and Black Glen is a National Trust property with a fish pond, trails, car park, picnic area and toilets at Lion’s Gate Car Park. (Seasonal charge applies). See further listing under “Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House”.

MOUNTSANDEL FORT (within Mountsandel Forest) Mountsandel Road, Coleraine, BT52 1JN T: 028 2955 6000 E: customer.forestservice@dardni.gov.uk W: www.forestserviceni.gov.uk Mountsandel Fort is located just south of the town of Coleraine overlooking the famous Salmon Leap on the River Bann at Castleroe. Dating back to the Iron Age, Mountsandel Fort is beside the Mesolithic site of the first hunter-gatherers in Ireland, where excavations have revealed evidence of a Middle Stone Age settlement from as long ago as 77007400BC. This discovery dramatically revised our understanding of pre-historic life. Visitors to Mountsandel Wood today can enjoy a circular walk within the woodland, which is interspersed with interpretative panels, highlighting the history and biodiversity of the site. There is a commanding view from the summit of the fort which is thought to date to the Anglo-Norman period. Admission is free.

ROUND THE RAMPARTS HERITAGE TRAIL Coleraine Town T: 028 7034 4723 E: info@northcoastni.com A walking heritage guide, incorporating an illustrated booklet, interpretive panels and street signage, which bring Coleraine’s rich heritage to life. Visit Coleraine Tourist Information Centre for details.

COLERAINE TOWN HALL The Diamond, Coleraine, BT51 1DP T: 028 7034 2850 or for bookings T: 028 7034 7234 Coleraine Town Hall, built in 1743, demolished and then rebuilt in 1859, presides over the central shopping piazza known as The Diamond. It will be a focal point in June 2013 when Coleraine celebrates the 400th anniversary of receiving its charter when it became the responsibility of The Honourable The Irish Society at the instigation of King James I. The Town Hall was badly damaged in a bomb attack in November 1992 and was consequently refurbished and reopened in August 1995. Today, it features a new stained glass window, commemorating Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. Temporary museum exhibitions take place during the year. History & Heritage 19


GARVAGH MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTRE

KILREA OLD CHURCH Church Street, Kilrea, BT51 5QU

142a Main Street, Garvagh, BT51 5AE T: 028 2955 7924 E: info@garvaghmuseum.com W: www.garvaghmuseum.com

The ancient church, which gives the town its name, stands on a height in the town centre.

AGHERTON OLD CHURCH

OPENING HOURS: Jun-Aug: Wed-Sat 2pm-5pm (Groups welcome by arrangement throughout the year) Garvagh Museum is unique in Northern Ireland in that it is a rural folk museum in the Bann Valley. This unique collection comprising almost two thousand artefacts is a valuable resource used by both children and senior citizens alike. The location chosen for the museum was the walled garden of Garvagh House, the former seat of the Canning family.

ST PATRICK’S CHURCH Church Street, Coleraine, BT52 1PY T: 028 7034 4213 W: www.stpats.co.uk The church is located in the centre of Coleraine on the original site of the Early Christian Church founded by St Patrick in the 5th Century A.D. Part of the present church dates from 1613 and it contains many fine and poignant memorials. Outside, to the rear of the church at Anderson Park, are the remains of the earthen wall or rampart that surrounded Coleraine in the early 1600s. Visitors are very welcome but are advised to check opening times by telephoning the Parish Office. Free summer recitals take place every Thursday during July and August.

THE PHOENIX PEACE FOUNTAIN Anderson Park, Circular Road, Coleraine, BT52 1PS The fountain is a gift from the communities of the United States to the communities of Northern Ireland. Inspired by the Northern Ireland peace process of May 1998, it acts as a lasting reminder of America’s support for the process. It is constructed using thousands of surrendered firearms from across the United States. The design incorporates different aspects from each of the six counties and 26 local government areas of Northern Ireland, and is symbolic of the peace that has now been achieved.

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CAMUS CROSS AND BALLAUN STONE Curragh Road, Coleraine, BT51 3RY (A54 Coleraine-Kilrea Road) The remains of the only existing High Cross in County Londonderry stand in a roadside graveyard, finely carved with biblical scenes in red sandstone. Beside a railed grave to the north of the graveyard is a Ballaun Stone, a stone with a large hollow used as a primitive font.

Coleraine Road, Portstewart, BT55 7HT

THE GIANT’S SCONCE Windyhill Road (approximately 5 miles south-west of Coleraine) The Sconce is probably the citadel of Nial of the Nine Hostages, 5th century founder of the O’Neill dynasty. It was originally a large circular, stone built fortress with walls 3 metres thick and chambers and tunnels within them. Many legends surround it, including its connection to Navan and Tara in the Republic of Ireland (the site is not readily accessible, but visible from road).

LISSANDUFF RITUAL SITE Lissanduff, Portballintrae, BT57 8RT An ancient water ritual site high above the village of Portaballintrae with a pair of earthen concentric rings specially designed to retain water for ancient purposes of worship. It is accessible from the Beach Road Car Park.

Opposite Flowerfield Arts Centre, the original Church of Agherton (Ballyaghran) dates from at least the 1300s. In a field to the east, there are the remains of a Stone Age Court Tomb and to the south; a mound marks the spot of the citadel of Congal Clairingneach, King of all Ireland in 161 B.C. There is also a Bronze Age standing stone at the entrance to the graveyard beside Flowerfield.

RNLI MUSEUM AND SOUVENIR SHOP Kerr Street, Portrush, BT56 8DQ T: 028 7082 3201 E: press@portrushlifeboat.com W: www.portrushlifeboat.com OPENING HOURS: July-Aug: Mon-Fri 2pm-5pm & 7.30pm-9.30pm; Sat-Sun: 2pm-5pm; Mar-Jun and Sept-Oct: Daily 2pm-4.30pm This lifeboat station was established in 1860 in Kerr Street and has an interesting history, which is detailed in the small museum now housed there. The museum offers disabled access. Admission is free.

ERRIGAL OLD CHURCH Ballyrogan Road, Ballintemple, Garvagh, BT51 5BQ It is believed that a small church was built at Errigal around 560 A.D. The church was attacked and rebuilt many times, until it was completely destroyed after the 1641 rebellion and a new church was then built in the village of Garvagh in 1670. In the early days, the church was called “Errigal Adamnan” after St. Adamnan - its patron. Another feature bearing the patron’s name is Onan’s Rock, an inauguration stone within Gortnamoyagh Forest, found near the old church and unusual because of the footprints (said to be Adamnan’s) impressed on the rock. History & Heritage 21


Royal Portrush regularly features in the top 10 links courses in the world and was honoured to host the 2012 Irish Open. Portstewart Golf Club is set among the impressive towering sand dunes offering magnificent views across the Atlantic to the hills of Donegal while golfers at Castlerock could also be distracted by the wonderful vistas of sea, cliffs and islands. Visitors are welcome by appointment at the three Championship courses -Royal Portrush, Portstewart and Castlerock. 9 hole courses that also welcome visitors include the Brown Trout, Kilrea, Bushfoot (Portballintrae) and the cliff top course located at Ballyreagh, which also has a pitch and putt facility.

Royal Portrush Golf Club Dunluce Road, Portrush, BT56 8JQ

Major Golf

Capital Of The World

T: 028 7082 2311 F: 028 7082 3139 E: info@royalportrushgolfclub.com W: www.royalportrushgolfclub.com Club Professional: Gary McNeill Club Secretary: Wilma Erskine Facilities: bar, restaurant, locker room, Club shop Services: tuition, caddies, practice ground, putting green, power carts, club & trolley hire Dunluce Links • 18 hole Championship Links Course, 7,143 yd. Par 72 • Best days for visitors: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri am, Sat pm, Sun • Booking necessary • Handicap certificate required Green Fees: Weekdays £145.00; Weekends £165.00 Valley Links • 18 hole Championship Links Course 6,304 yd. Par 70

The 2010 US Open Champion, Portrush born and bred, Graeme McDowell, MBE, says that ‘Northern Ireland is the golf capital of the world’. The North Coast is proud to claim that Portrush is the ‘Major Golf Capital of the World’ having produced two other Major champions, namely, Fred Daly (The Open 1947) and 2011 Open Champion, Darren Clarke, OBE. The North Coast is truly a golfer’s paradise, offering a variety of terrains from spectacular links to delightful parkland courses. Whichever of our superb courses you choose to play; you will have a golf experience that is unlikely to be surpassed.

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• Best days for visitors: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat pm, Sun pm • Booking necessary • Handicap certificate not required Green Fees: Weekdays £42.50; Weekends £55.00

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Portstewart Golf Club

Castlerock Golf Club

117 Strand Road, Portstewart, BT55 7PG

65 Circular Road, Castlerock, BT51 4TJ T: 028 7084 8314 F: 028 7084 9440 Pro shop: T: 028 7084 9424 E: info@castlerockgc.co.uk W: www.castlerockgc.co.uk

T: 028 7083 2015 F: 028 7083 5791 E: jeanie@portstewartgc.co.uk W: www.portstewartgc.co.uk

Club Professional: Thomas Johnston Club Secretary/Manager: Mark Steen

Club Professional: Alan Hunter Club Manager: Michael Moss

Mussenden Course

Facilities: restaurant, bars, locker rooms, showers, Pro shop

• 18 Hole Championship Links Course 6,805yd. Par 73

Services: tuition, caddies, club, trolley and buggy hire, putting green

Green Fees: Weekdays £75.00; Weekend £90.00 Winter Green Fee (Nov-Mar): Mon-Fri £25.00 4 ball (or £30.00 each)

Strand Course • 18 Hole Championship Links Course 6,895 yd. Par 72

Bann Course • 9 Hole Links Course 4,892 yd. Par 68 (18 holes)

• Best days for visitors: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

Green Fees: Weekdays £15.00; Weekend £20.00

• Booking necessary • Handicap certificate preferred Green Fees: Weekdays £90.00 (£130 for a double round); Weekends £110.00 Winter Green Fee (Nov-Mar inc): Mon-Fri £40.00 October & April: Mon-Fri £60

Riverside Course • 18 Hole Links Course 5,725 yd. Par 68 • Best days for visitors: Any day • Booking recommended Green Fees: Weekdays £20.00; Weekends £25.00 Rates for parties of 16+ people: Weekdays £15.00; Weekends £20.00

Portstewart Old Course

• Best day for visitors: Any day

T: 028 7083 2549

• Booking not necessary

Facilities: refreshments, locker rooms, showers, Pro shop

• Handicap certificate not required

Services: club hire • 18 Hole Links and Parkland Course 4,822 yd. Par 64

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Green Fees: Weekdays £10.00; Weekends £15.00; Weekly Ticket £60.00; Monthly Ticket £160.00; Groups of 12+ people: Weekend only £13.00

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Pitch & Putt, Putting Ballyreagh Pitch & Putt 2 Glen Road, Portrush, BT56 8LX

Bushfoot Golf Club

Ballyreagh Pitch and Putt

Kilrea Golf Course

50 Bushfoot Road, Portballintrae, BT57 8RR

9 hole pitch & putt Par 27 and 18 Hole Crazy Golf Course

47a Lisnagrot Road, Kilrea, BT51 5SF

T: 028 2073 1317 F: 028 2073 1852 E: bushfootgolfclub@btconnect.com W: www.bushfootgolfclub.co.uk

Adult: £4.00 / Juniors £2.90

T: 028 2954 0044 E: kilreagc@hotmail.co.uk W: www.kilreagolfclub.co.uk Club Secretary: Michael Dean Facilities: changing room, bar and restaurant

Facilities: Restaurant, bar Services: trolley hire

• 9 Hole Parkland/Heathland Course 5,672 yd. Par 70 (18 holes)

• 9 Hole Course 6,001 yd. Par 70 (18 holes) • Best days for visitors: Mon, Wed, Thurs

• Best days for visitors: Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat pm and Sun pm

• Booking not normally necessary Green fees: Weekdays £16.00, Weekends and BH £20.00; (under 18s discount)

• Booking advisable

Ballyreagh Municipal Links

Green fees: Visitors – Weekdays £15.00; Weekends £20.00 With Member – Weekday £10.00; Weekends £10.00

• Handicap certificate not required

2 Glen Road, Portrush, BT56 8LX

Brown Trout Golf And Country Inn

T/F: 028 7082 2028 E: leisure@colerainebc.gov.uk

209 Agivey Road, Aghadowey, BT51 4AD

Professional: Bob Cockroft Facilities: snacks /refreshments, Pro shop Services: tuition, putting green, club and trolley hire • 9 hole course 1,212 yd. Par 27 • Best days for visitors: Any day • Booking not Necessary • Handicap Certificate not required Green Fees: Weekdays: Adult: £6.90 / Juniors: £5.20 Weekends: Adult: £8.00 / Juniors: £6.90 Annual Membership: Adult: £135.00 / Juniors: £80.00

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T: 028 7086 8209 F: 028 7086 8878 E: bill@browntroutinn.com W: www.browntroutinn.com Facilities: restaurant, gym, changing facilities, society room Services: tuition, club hire, caddies (by arrangement) • 9 Hole Parkland Course 5,510 yd. Par 70 (18 holes) • Best days for Visitors: Any day • Booking necessary • Handicap certificate not required Green fees: Weekdays £10.00; Weekends £15.00; (under 18s 50% discount)

T: 028 7082 2028 9 hole pitch & putt (Par 27)

Ramore Head Recreation Grounds Ramore Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8BB T: 028 7082 4441 Crazy golf (seasonal)

Skerries Pitch And Putt Bushmills Road, Portrush (Royal Portrush Golf Club) T: 028 7082 2311 9 hole pitch and putt (1,187yd)

Manor Golf Club 69 Bridge Street, Kilrea, BT51 5RR T: 028 2954 1636 / 2954 0205 W: www.manorhousekilrea.com Facilities: restaurant & bar Services: club & trolley hire • 9 Hole Parkland Course 4,174yd. Par 64 (18 holes) • Best days for visitors: Any day • Booking necessary for weekends only • Handicap certificate not required Green Fees: Weekdays (Mon-Thur): £10.00; Weekend (Fri-Sun & Bank Holidays): £12.00; Concessionary rates available

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T S E R C E ON TH E V A W A OF

The North Coast offers a fantastic natural environment and a beautiful, rugged coastline providing visitors with ample opportunities to experience exhilarating, ocean-based activities such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing, diving, ocean kayaking, body boarding and more recently, coasteering. The North Coast is gaining a reputation as a surfer’s paradise with waves to suit every surfer from the beginner to the most experienced throughout the year. The East Strand in Portrush boasts the famed Arcadia Wave which is known throughout Ireland and is gathering an international following.

We are fortunate to have RNLI Lifeguards on all our beaches every year from the last weekend in June until the first weekend in September. For further details on how to remain safe while enjoying your favourite watersport visit www.rnli.org/beachlifeguards or T: 0845 045 6999. Apart from the Atlantic coastline the River Bann runs through the area providing a natural arena for less extreme but still arduous sports, such as canoeing and rowing. Indeed, the Bann Rowing Club in Coleraine was the first training ground for 2012 Olympic Medalists, Alan Campbell and the Chambers brothers. If you’re not already a water sports enthusiast, visit the North Coast soon and allow us to convince you! Full details on activity providers, surf schools and lots more can be found on www.northcoastni.com

North Coast Watersports Centre East Strand, Portrush, BT56 8AN For information T: 028 7034 7234 This dedicated water sports facility opened in summer 2007 and is used for a wide range of sea and coastal related activities. The centre allows year round access to high quality amenities for both local and visiting water sports users, including surfing, body boarding, sea kayaking, surf kayaking, wind surfing, sub aqua and sea angling. The centre has toilet and changing facilities and can be used either for individual usage or hired for group/club events.

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SURFING Before learning to surf you should be able to swim 50 metres and the best place to learn is with a surf school instructor. All surf schools/instructors are fully qualified, highly experienced surfers and will provide all necessary equipment such as wet suits and boards.

All surfing locations are given on the understanding that you are a competent surfer. Observe all necessary safety checks before going to surf. Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. If you see someone in difficulty, don’t attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard, or, if you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. The following information is reproduced by kind permission of Troggs Surf Shop, Portrush. Check www.northcoastni.com for details on surf events and competitions throughout the year.

CASTLEROCK STRAND, BT51 4RE Castlerock Strand produces many left and right peaks and good swells which give long peeling waves. You can drive your car onto the beach. Wave Details Type: Beach break Quality: Standard to excellent Peals: Lefts and rights Power: Standard Experience: Intermediate to expert Tides: All tides Swell size: 1ft to 6ft+ Swell direction: NW, N Wind: S, SW RUNKERRY BEACH, PORTBALLINTRAE, BT57 8RZ Attracts large north coast swells especially during the summer months. Swell can be 4ft+ here, when everywhere else is flat. Be very wary of strong rips. Not suitable for beginners. Swimming and bodyboarding are prohibited. Wave Details Type: Beach break Quality: Standard to good Peals: Lefts and rights Power: More juice than most Experience: Intermediate to expert Tides: Mid to high Swell size: 1ft+ Swell direction: W, NW, N Wind: S, SW, SE, E BLACK ROCK, PORTRUSH, BT56 8EL This is the western, rocky end of the West Strand and is considered to be the best left handed reef break on the north coast. There is a public

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car park in front of the beach. Wave Details Type: Reef Quality: Standard to excellent Peals: Lefts Power: Hollow Experience: intermediate to expert Tides: mid to high Swell size: 3ft to 6ft Swell direction: NW to N Wind: SW, S, SE EAST STRAND, PORTRUSH, BT56 8DZ There are strong currents and rips when the swell is on so advisable only for ADVANCED SURFERS. There is a public car park and Water Sports Centre in front of the beach (see page 8 for details). Wave Details Type: Beach break Quality: Standard to excellent Power: Can be very powerful Experience: Intermediate to expert Tides: 4ft ++ Swell direction: NW, N Wind: S, SW, W, SE WEST STRAND, PORTRUSH, BT56 8EL Watch out for the rocks at the bottom end of the beach. This is a very popular beach and can get crowded during the holiday period. There is a public car park in front of the beach. Wave Details Type: Beach break Quality: Standard Peals: Peaks Power: Fun Experience: Beginners to expert

Tides: Mid to high Swell size: 3ft + Swell direction: NW, N Wind: S, SW, SE WHITEROCKS, PORTRUSH, BT56 8NF There is a public car park and toilets at top end of the beach. Probably the busiest beach on the North Coast often very crowded especially at weekends. Excellent lefts and rights - always bigger than East Strand. Car park and toilet facilities are available. Wave Details Type: Beach break Quality: Standard Peals: Closeouts Power: Hollow closeouts Experience: Beginners to expert Tides: Mid to high Swell size: 1ft - 6ft+ Swell direction: W, NW, N Winds: S, SW, W PORTSTEWART STRAND, BT55 7PG A long beach with a lot of peaks; the best spots at either end of the Strand. Managed by the National Trust; there is a fee to bring your car onto the beach. Wave Details Type: Beach break Quality: Standard to excellent Peals: Lefts and rights Power: Average, fun Experience: Intermediate to expert Tides: Mid to high Swell size: 1ft to 4ft Swell direction: NW, N Wind: S, SW

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SURF SCHOOLS ALIVE SURF SCHOOL

73 Ballywillin Crescent, Portrush, BT56 8JA Contact: Ricky Martin T: 079 3595 2532 E: lessons@alivesurfschool.com W: www.alivesurfschool.com Winner – Best Family Activity Provider in Northern Ireland, Outdoorni Awards 2011. Tripadvisor.com – Ranked No 1 Surf School in Northern Ireland. Longest running surf school in Northern Ireland. Alive Surf School has one rule - be safe and have fun – or is that two! Our surfing lessons are for all ages from 5 upwards and cater for everyone from a complete beginner to an experienced surfer. Lessons last for 2 hours; all equipment is provided along with a snack and drink afterwards. Under 16s £20, 16 and over £25 – if you have a group of 10 or more you will qualify for an added discount. Booking online available. PORTRUSH SURF SCHOOL Portrush, BT56 8NF T: 078 9485 4791 W: www.portrushsurfschool.com Portrush Surf School, established and run by 10 times Irish National Bodyboarding Champion and current World and European Tour Competitor, Martin TK Kelly. The school runs 365 days a year and ALL equipment is provided at no extra cost. Fully qualified and insured, Portrush Surf School prides itself on providing the safest, most professional and most enjoyable surfing lesson on the North Antrim Coast. The school caters for everyone! Log onto our website for a full run down of what is available. Be part of our VIP Kids Summer Surf Camps. The camps run for 9 weeks – all July and August. We are the only surf school in Northern Ireland to ensure only 10 children (maximum) in our kids’ camp sessions. Our kids learn everything they need to know about the beach environment, safety on the beach, tides, waves, lifeguard flags, jelly fish, safety in the sun, as well as the fine art of surfing. Also new Whiterocks live surf web cam. Booking is essential! The earlier the better! 32 www.northcoastni.com

TROGGS SURF SCHOOL North Coast Watersports Centre, East Strand, Portrush, BT56 8AN Office located beach side of the centre T: 077 4825 7717 or 028 7082 2335 E: carl@troggssurfschool.com W: www.troggssurfschool.com Learn to surf with Northern Ireland’s only Quiksilver approved surf school with the highest qualified coaches. Level 1 and 2 surfing GB/ISA and new ASI instructors. All instructors are highly competent surfers and fully qualified beach lifeguards. We can teach beginners through to advanced surfers. A wide selection of courses is available to suit your needs. Equipment is provided with classes for kids to adults and corporate groups. Check out more at our website or call into the North Coast Water Sports Centre office. LONG JOHN’S SURF ACADEMY T: 075 9857 2017 E: lessons@longjohns-surfacademy.com W: www.longjohns-surfacademy.com Learn to surf / SUP with a fully qualified ASI instructor and 4 times Irish National Longboard Champion, “Long” John McCurry. The vision of Long John’s Surf Academy is not only to get you on the board, but also to evaluate, monitor and progress you to the point where you are trimming along a wave, by that time you will have caught the surfing bug! All lessons are two hours long and include all equipment – prices start from £15.

SURF SHOPS AND EQUIPMENT HIRE TROGGS SURF SHOP

88 Main Street, Portrush, BT56 8BN T: 028 7082 5476 F: 028 7082 3923 E: info@troggssurfshop.co.uk W: www.troggssurfshop.co.uk Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 11:30am - 5:30pm Sat and Sun 10:00am - 18:00pm Troggs Surf Shop surf hire caters for individuals and groups. If you’re thinking of coming up to surf and you don’t have your own wetsuit or board then our surf hire service can definitely take care of you. To hire out equipment please come to the shop, we’ll fit you out with a suit, get you the right board and give you advice on what beach is best to go to. We have a large inventory of wetsuits, booties, gloves, hoods, surfboards, beginner longboards and bodyboards available for hire. WOODIES SURF SHOP 102 Lower Main Street, Portrush, BT56 8DA T: 028 7082 3273 E: info@woodiessurfshop.co.uk W: www.woodiessurfshop.co.uk Board hire, equipment sales and tuition. Phone for free surf report. OCEAN WARRIORS SURF AND KITE STORE 80 The Promenade, Portstewart, BT55 7AF T/F: 028 7083 6500 W: www.oceanwarriors.co.uk Open: Wed-Fri Noon – 6pm Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm

Portstewart’s surf and kite store. Everything for the surfer, paddler or kite fanatic! Great range of family beach essentials plus hire of wetsuits, bodyboards, surfboards and kayaks! A large clothing range and lessons are available. Ocean Warriors Mobile Surf Shack Whiterocks and Portstewart Strand Open (weather and surf permitting): Weekends 10am - 5pm, also by special arrangement From the unmissable yellow Volkswagen Van you can hire everything you need for a great day at the beach! The surf shack hires out surf and body boards, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and wetsuits and has a great range of beach essentials, for the seasoned surfer or family day out.

STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING SURFSUPNI Portballintrae Harbour, BT57 8RT T: 077 9661 4844 E: info@surfsupni.com W: wwwsurfsupni.com Open: March to November Learn stand up paddleboarding with SurfSUPNI. It is great exercise for all abilities (over 10s). It is adventurous and everyone leaves feeling so positive after they stand up - we guarantee it! Enjoy this cool experience in summer with NI’s premier Surf SUP School SurfSUPNI.com, based in Portballintrae on the Causeway Coast.

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KAYAKING

COASTEERING

47 Ballylagan Road, Coleraine, BT51 2PQ Contact: Steven Hodge T: 077 7335 9773 E: info@simplyseakayak.com W: www.simplyseakayak.com

Various locations on the North Coast Contact: Matt Wright T: 078 7253 7550 E: info@CausewayCoasteering.com W: www.causewaycoasteering.com

Simply Sea Kayak is based on the wonderful and exciting North Coast of Northern Ireland. Sea kayaking is a fast growing and exciting adventure sport and what better place than the fantastic coastline of Northern Ireland to sample this activity. We offer day trips, expeditions and courses to clients. Our instructors are experienced sea paddlers and our company has been developed on the foundation of professionalism, quality instruction and guiding services with second to none customer services.

Specialists in coasteering, bodyboarding and coastal exploration (Explore Galore). If you haven’t tried coasteering you’re missing out on a rapidly growing, exhilarating, adventure activity. Coasteering uses the Causeway Coast as a natural playground. With an experienced guide you will jump, scramble, climb, swim and shallow cave around an otherwise inaccessible, stunning coastline.

ROBIN RUDDOCK

Visiting divers should make contact with a dive centre or a dive school. Equipment can be hired from dive centres and is not usually available from dive clubs.

Causeway Coasteering

SIMPLY SEA KAYAK

SUB AQUA

12 Glenvale Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8HL T: 078 5840 4801 E: robinruddock@gmail.com W: www.robin-ruddock.com Robin Ruddock provides guided sea kayak expeditions on the Causeway Coast and open canoeing on the Lower River Bann. There are courses in sea kayaking, surf kayak and open canoe. Discover hidden places in the company of an expert with an extensive knowledge of the local heritage and environment. Traditional boats and mountain bike tours are also available. CANoe trails Tel: 028 9030 3930 Email: info@outdoorni.com Web: www.outdoorrecreationni.com Planning your trip could not be easier as each canoe trail has it own official waterproof guide, designed by canoeists for canoeists. These can be ordered or downloaded free of charge or are available from Tourist Information Centres across Northern Ireland. They include a range of useful information such as maps, campsites, visitor attractions, toilets and more. The Lower Bann Canoe Trail Stretching from Lough Neagh to the Atlantic Ocean, this 58km Canoe Trail provides a unique way to experience the beautiful River Bann. Passing through constantly changing scenery the trail offers canoeists both tranquil waters and some faster flowing sections.

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The North Coast Sea Kayak Trail

AQUAHOLICS 5 STAR DIVE CENTRE

This 70 nautical mile route around Ireland’s north-east corner offers varieties of rugged scenery and wildlife that are unique. For the experienced sea kayaker there are tide races, overfalls, exciting Atlantic swells, hidden reefs to keep you alert, and a challenging, but rewarding, circuit of Rathlin Island. You will also find plenty of more moderate paddling to enable enjoyment of the varieties of scenery, wildlife and local history.

14 Portmore Road, Portstewart, BT55 7BE Contact: Richard Lafferty T/F: 028 7083 2584 E: dive@aquaholics.org W: www.aquaholics.org

A detailed synopsis of tidal information for the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail is available at www.canoeni.com

WATERSKIING

XPLORE OUTDOORS

JET SKIING

Portstewart Strand, BT55 7PG T: 028 7083 6396 Jet skis must not enter the River Bann from Portstewart Strand via the Barmouth. There are no facilities for slips, and jet skis must be launched from the beach. Care should be taken at the Barmouth as there may be breaking waves in rough conditions. The beach is owned by the National Trust and owners must register in the shop before launching.

Aquaholics is a Padi 5 star dive centre providing dives and courses for all levels along the spectacular North Coast. Open to all from 10 years old. Try a real dive in the sea with all equipment included. Full equipment rental / sales are available.

SKI SUPREME WATERSKI SCHOOL

Contact: Gareth Moore T: 077 3436 5321 E: info@xploreoutdoors.co.uk W: www.xploreoutdoors.co.uk

179-199 Loughan Road, Coleraine, BT52 1UD Contact: Ivor Mairs T/F: 028 7035 5700 E: john3-16@utvinternet.com Open: March-Oct

Xplore Outdoors is a private outdoor activity provider based on the beautiful North Coast of Ireland. We provide a wide range of exciting activities at a variety of fantastic venues and have the flexibility to tailor programmes to meet the clients’ requirements. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, enthusiasm, innovative approach and customer service.

Activities include waterskiing, wakeboarding, banana boating and tube rides. Group bookings available for both large and small parties with packages tailor made to suit people of all ages and abilities. Tuition available from highly experienced instructors. (BWSF instructors).

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Coastal Walks Portstewart Cliff Path (Part of the Causeway Coast Way) Portstewart Harbour Portstewart Strand, BT55 7FB A scenic, coastal walk, starting at the harbour in Portstewart and finishing at Portstewart Strand presents panoramic views over Donegal and the coastline. The focal point of the walk is the Dominican Convent (formerly O’Hara’s Castle) perched high on the cliff top. Other places of interest include the natural harbour (Portnahapple) and St Patrick’s Well, directly above the Strand. The well once supplied water for Stone Age inhabitants of the dunes.

Port Path (Part of the Causeway Coast Way) Portstewart Strand - East Strand, BT55 7PG

Causeway Coast Way Portstewart - Ballycastle, BT55 7PG

Take a Walk On The Wild Side Walking is one of the best ways to fully appreciate the splendid, natural scenery of the North Coast. Take a gentle stroll and saunter along the promenades and seafronts of the main resorts or take a brisk walk along the stunning coastline or one of the many golden beaches in the region. Guided walks take place throughout the summer and are usually themed on points of historical and environmental interest. The Bannside Rambling Club host the Causeway Coast Challenge Walk in May

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The Causeway Coast Way, one of a series of way-marked ways throughout Ulster, follows a route along the spectacular North Coast between Portstewart and Ballycastle. This 52km (33 miles) route, following the line of the Ulster Way, incorporates the Port Path, between Portrush and Portstewart, and the North Coast Footpath. It passes through the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers opportunity for enjoyment to walkers of varied ability. Car parking is available along the entire route, both in the towns and villages and at specific parking/view points along the coast. The Causeway Coast is accessible by train and bus services.

Enjoy a refreshing 6 mile coastal walk from Portstewart Strand to East Strand, Portrush and admire magnificent views of the North Coast and beyond. There are many points of interest along the route including the alleged grave of the Unknown Sailor (care must be taken going past Ballyreagh and Portstewart golf courses).

Rinnagree Coastal Park Located on the coast road between Portstewart & Portrush, BT55 2JS Situated on the main coast road, between Portstewart and Portrush, Rinnagree Coastal Park offers the visitor opportunities to enjoy the stunning coastal scenery or engage in some physical activity by walking sections of the Port Path, an integral part of the Causeway Coast Way and the Ulster Way.

with the Glenullin Walking Festival taking place in June combining hill and low level walks, history and music and Castlerock Walkfest has become a regular feature in the September calendar. Check www.northcoastni.com/whats-on for dates of scheduled walks. For further information about walking in the area contact the Tourist Information Offices or check www.walkni.com where you can download maps and routes.

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Forests / Woods Riverside routes in both urban and rural locations and the many forests throughout the area present walkers with a variety of terrains in which to be at one with nature. All forests and woods are open all day every day of the year. For information contact:

Garvagh Forest Office 6 Forest Road, Garvagh, BT51 5EF T: 028 2955 6000 F: 028 2955 7162 E: customer.forestservice@dardni.gov.uk W: www.forestserviceni.gov.uk

Garvagh Forest Main Street, Garvagh, BT51 5EF Covering over 200 hectares, Garvagh forest is situated on the outskirts of Garvagh, with trees from over 80 years old to those only planted at the turn of the 21st century, providing quiet walks and nature trails along the Agivey River. The associated vegetation such as the spectacular bluebells in mid spring, the foxgloves in early summer, or the common spotted orchids are worth looking out for. The forest is home not only to plants, but also many birds and animals, including red squirrels, hares, finches and coal tits to name but a few. The newly created wildlife pond near the Forest Office is quickly becoming a haven for many aquatic species; especially frogs. Car park and picnic area located south-end of Main Street beside the river at Ballinameen Bridge. Part of the Eagle’s Glen Cycle Route is signposted through the forest.

Rural Walks The North Sperrins Way

Glenullin Hill Walking Trails

Dungiven – Castlerock

Glenullin, BT51 5DB

The North Sperrins Way, connecting Dungiven and Castlerock, provides a contrasting walking experience to the coastal trails. The 60km route traverses higher ground, forming the northern foothills of the Sperrins Mountains, passing notable landscape features, including Benbradagh and Binevenagh, and affording excellent views over Lough Foyle towards Donegal.

Contact: Coleraine Tourist Information Centre T: 028 7034 4723

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The Glenullin area, meaning ‘Glen of the Eagle’, located approximately 3 miles south west of Garvagh and gateway to the Sperrins, offers walkers two way-marked hill walking trails. The Drumbane Trail (10- 13km) and The Errigal Glen Trail (4km) are detailed in “A Guide to Glenullin’s Waymarked Trails” available from Coleraine Tourist Information Centre.

Somerset Forest Castleroe Road, Coleraine, BT51 3RL This wood is situated one mile south of Coleraine on the A54 Castleroe Road. Somerset Forest was part of the original Somerset Estate and offers extensive views across the Bann to the ancient fort at Mountsandel. The mature broadleaf and coniferous woodland now has several walking trails running through it as well as a fitness area near the entrance and a trail for lessabled visitors to ‘Millennium Mile’ standard. The woodland is also home to many species of bird and plant life. Herons nest beside the woodland and adult birds can be regularly seen at the side of the River Bann when the tide is low. Picnic tables and car parking available.

Mountsandel Wood Mountsandel Road, Coleraine, BT52 1JN With over 21 hectares of prizewinning conservation woodland overlooking the Bann, Mountsandel Wood contains the oldest known human settlement in Ireland. There are panoramic views of the Bann which reflect the earlier importance of this area. The circular forest walk passes a viewpoint at the ancient fort before leading down to the banks of the Bann, meandering close to the weir at the Cutts. Interpretative panels, highlighting the history and biodiversity of the site, help visitors to enjoy both the past and present of this unique woodland today.


Camus Wood

Downhill Forest

Somerset Riverside Park

Curragh Road,Coleraine, BT51 3SB

Located 1 mile from Castlerock on the A2 Mussenden Road, BT51 4RP

Located on the A54 Castleroe Road, Coleraine, BT51 3RL

This is a small mixed woodland of 16 hectares to the south of Coleraine with two walking trails on the edge of the River Bann. Picnic tables and car parking available.

There are a number of enjoyable walks and rare trees through the 85 hectares of mixed commercial woodland around a beautiful lake, where you can take time to feed the ducks. Two of the biggest Sitka Spruce specimens in Ireland can also be found here. The Forest is open from 8.00am until sunset for pedestrian and cycling access. The Ulster Way also runs through part of the forest. Part of Downhill Forest is linked into a province-wide cycling network called Sustrans (Route 93), running from the Mussenden Road down through mixed woodlands to Burrenmore Road.

Somerset Riverside Park, connecting Christie Park and The Cutts area, is a narrow strip of semi-natural riverside habitat on the west bank of the River Bann. The park has managed to create an environmentally-sympathetic parkland habitat and overlooks Mountsandel Wood. Members of the public can enjoy a continuous riverside walk or cycle southwards from Coleraine town centre to Somerset Forest.

Aghadowey Wood

Springwell Forest

North of Garvagh

Located on the main A37 Dunhill Road, BT51 4JA

Located approximately 3 miles south of Coleraine, on the main road to Kilrea overlooking the River Bann, Camus has a new parking & picnic area, a jetty and pleasant short woodland trails.

Castleroe Wood Located 1 1/2 miles from Coleraine on the A54 Curragh Road near Castleroe Village, BT51 3RY

Aghadowey Wood is a collection of four small woodlands named after the local townlands, Scotch Cah, Irish Cah and two areas called Ballycaghan, just North of Garvagh. There are no facilities for recreational activities provided here but the public are welcome to visit this forest on foot.

Situated between Coleraine and Limavady on the main A37 Dunhill Road, Springwell is a predominantly coniferous woodland in 1200 hectares of rolling landscape. Picnic tables and car parking available.

Parks The Guy L Wilson Daffodil Gardens University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA T: 028 7012 3456 W: www.ulster.ac.uk This garden was established not only as a memorial to the father figure of Irish Daffodil breeders, Guy Livingston Wilson (born 1886), but also as a centre where varieties from other well-known Irish breeders could be displayed. The site is a south-facing rath dating back 1500 years, lightly wooded and slopes towards the River Bann. The Daffodil Gardens in the grounds of the University of Ulster are well worth a visit, particularly in the spring, with around 1500 old and modern varieties providing a magnificent splash of colour.

Anderson Park Circular Road, Coleraine, BT52 1PS Situated in the centre of Coleraine, this attractively landscaped park includes an impressive children’s adventure playground suitable for children of all ages.

Christie Park Strand Road, Coleraine, BT51 3AB Christie Park has a welcoming riverside location placed between Coleraine’s two bridges and contains many species of trees and flowers. The riverside path is open to cyclists and pedestrians. Christie Park also boasts a jetty, giving access to the river.

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National Trust The National Trust host regular guided walks around the Bishop’s Gate Gardens, Downhill in the company of the Estate Warden, where you can discover the latest developments around the estate and wider restorations, or join a number of guided walks exploring the ancient dune system at Portstewart Strand, which take place throughout the year.

Portstewart Strand T: 028 7083 6396 W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/portstewartstrand

Downhill Demesne And Hezlett House T: 028 7084 8728 W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/downhilldemesne

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ON YOUR BIKE . . .

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Cyclists wishing to explore the towns, villages, countryside and coastline of the North Coast on two wheels will not be disappointed. There are a variety of terrains and routes on offer to cater for the novice and the enthusiast. You can bring your own bike or there are bike hire specialists in the area, one of which can even offer you a tandem! For details about the various cycling routes and maps available visit www.cycleni.com or www.sustrans.org.uk For further information on cycling on the North Coast contact Coleraine Borough Council’s Countryside and Marine Manager, T: 028 7034 7234 or E: mark.strong@colerainebc.gov.uk.

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CYCLE ROUTES Ballyshannon to Ballycastle (236 miles) - NCN Routes 91, 92 & 93 A significant section of the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 93 passes through the north of the Borough of Coleraine. It is readily identifiable by distinctive signage. Substantial sections of this route (approximately 22 miles), linking Downhill, Coleraine, Portstewart, Portrush and Bushmills / Portballintrae, offer superb coastal scenery and are along traffic-free, cycle paths. These sections are suitable for novice cyclists and families with young children. Experienced cyclists may choose to venture off the signed routes and explore the countryside at their leisure. The Lower Bann Cycleway is a 45 mile linear cycle route between Toome and Castlerock. The scenic route follows the Lower Bann River corridor from Lough Neagh, to where the river enters the Atlantic Ocean at the Barmouth, near Castlerock. The low-lying landscape of this river corridor provides a gentle cycle, leaving cyclists to enjoy the route at their leisure and take in the scenery of the Lower Bann. Other cycling opportunities include two signed, cycle routes centred on Garvagh; The “Eagle’s Glen Cycle Route” (approx. 15 miles) explores the historic Errigal landscape centred on the picturesque Glenullin Valley, providing cyclists with superb views of the northern Sperrins foothills. The Bann Valley Cycle Route (approx. 15 miles), linking Garvagh and Kilrea, enables cyclists to enjoy the quiet, country roads traversing the fertile landscape of the Bann Valley, with views of the Bann corridor and beyond, towards the Antrim Hills. The busy, rural, market towns of Garvagh and Kilrea offer opportunities to explore local heritage and culture and enjoy traditional hospitality.

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CYCLE HIRE BIKE THERAPY IRELAND

CAUSEWAY CYCLE HIRE

12 Glenvale Avenue, Portrush, BT56 8HL T: 078 4395 8948 E: info@biketherapy.co.uk W: www.biketherapy.co.uk

19 Burnside Road, Portstewart, BT55 7NS T: 079 2795 6657 E: info@causewaycyclehire.com W: www.causewaycyclehire.com

Bike Therapy Ireland is a family run business, based in Portrush offering bike hire, guided tours and bike repair. Mountain bike coaching for beginners through to advanced riders is available. Delivery and pick up of bikes can be arranged.

Causeway Cycle Hire offer bike hire throughout the North Coast, Giant’s Causeway and beyond. Only modern and safe hybrid bikes are stocked. Bikes, helmets, locks and pumps are delivered free in Portrush and Portstewart.

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Saddle Up Equestrian centres in Castlerock, Coleraine and Portrush provide qualified, helpful and experienced guides, allowing advanced riders and novices alike to enjoy trekking. Full and half day treks and lessons for all ages and abilities are available at most centres.

Coleraine Borough Council has a management policy for horses on beaches relating to the following beaches: Downhill, Castlerock, West Strand, East Strand, Whiterocks and Portballintrae. Independent riding on beaches is permitted all day during the winter months and before 11am from May to September (with the exception of West Strand, Portrush and Portballintrae). For further details about the policy please visit www.colerainebc.gov.uk, under bye-laws.

Equestrian Centres Maddybenny Riding Centre 18 Maddybenny Farm, (off Loguestown Road), Portrush,BT52 2PT Contact: Philip White T: 028 7082 3394 M: 077 3263 0963 E: riding@maddybenny.com W: www.maddybenny.com Open: 9 - 5pm, open all year The BHS highly commended, riding school, situated in a picturesque farm setting, is part of the NITB award winning Maddybenny self-catering cottages/B&B/riding centre. There are 20 reliable horses/ponies catering for riders of all abilities. Individuals, families, groups/clubs and disabled riders are welcome for a relaxed riding experience or lessons.

Hill Farm Riding Centre 47 Altikeeragh Road, Castlerock, BT51 4SR Contact: Gabrielle Doherty T: 028 7084 8629 / M: 078 1803 6285 E: info@hillfarmridingcentre.co.uk W: hillfarmridingcentre.co.uk Open: July, August and Bank Holidays: Mon-Sat 9am - 5pm Rest of year: Sat by appointment A family run riding centre, established 1986, offering safe supervised riding for all the family. Lessons are provided for groups or individuals. Pony trekking, hill rides and beach hacks cater for experienced riders. Full and holiday livery provided. Licenced by the Department of Agriculture and BHS approved.

Island Equestrian Centre 49 Ballyrashane Road, Coleraine, BT52 2NL Contact: Jeannie McCollum T: 028 7034 2599 E: mccollum@islandirishart.com W: www.theislandequestriancentre.com Riding lessons from beginner to advanced standard, provided by BHS qualified instructor.

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GONE FISHING Experience the joy of quality game, coarse and sea angling on the North Coast. The Lower Bann produces two thirds of all specimen coarse fish in Ireland. The Bann is also one of the best salmon rivers in Europe. Other varieties of fish which occur commonly in these waters include brown trout, sea trout and dollaghan. The Agivey River, a tributary of the Bann, has an abundance of wild brown trout and hosts regular festivals and competitions throughout the year.

Sea anglers will find excellent sport along the North Coast whether from shore or boat. Offshore excursions can be arranged on fully fitted modern craft with qualified experienced skippers. For further information on coarse, sea or game angling, contact Coleraine Tourist Information Centre or visit www.northcoastni.com.

GAME ANGLING Salmon, sea trout, brown and rainbow trout are found in abundance in the local rivers Bush, Bann (Lower), Agivey and some ‘put and take’ lakes. Game fishing is seasonal and, as such, activity is confined from 1 March to 31 October. Permits and rod licences can be obtained from: THE HONOURABLE THE IRISH SOCIETY The Cutts, 54 Castleroe Road, Coleraine, BT51 3RL Contact: Edward Montgomery T: 028 7034 4796 E: theirishsociety@btconnect.com W: www.honourableirishsociety.org.uk Opening hours: 9.30am - 3pm Monday to Friday For information regarding beats, prices and booking of River Lower Bann fishing, please go to www.fishpal.com/Ireland/Bann or www.honourableirishsociety.org.uk PORTNEAL FISHING LODGE 75 Bann Road, Kilrea, BT51 5RX T: 028 2954 1444 E: enquiries@portneallodge.co.uk W: www.portneallodge.co.uk Portneal Lodge is nestled in the woods at the edge of the River Bann, less than one mile from the centre of Kilrea on the B64. It hosts 18 ensuite bedrooms to suit families or groups. Fishing permits for game and coarse angling are available along with storage areas for fishing equipment.

It is essential that an angler acquires a rod licence to fish in either ‘coarse’ or ‘game’ fisheries on the North Coast. Licences are available at designated tackle shops. An additional permit charge may also be required before the angler can fish in particular waters. This can be issued by the fishery owner. There are three categories of fisheries: • The Public Angling Estate - managed by the Dept of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Inland Fisheries Division (T: 028 9025 8825). To fish in these waters a rod licence and a DCAL fishing permit are required. The permit can be bought from tackle shops. • Private Angling Waters – a permit and rod licence are required to fish in these privately owned waters. • Undeveloped Waters – the permission of the landowner and a rod licence are required to fish in these waters. No further permit is required. The Honorable The Irish Society operates angling beats on the main Lower Bann River. It has also sub-let all of the tributary rivers to local angling clubs 48 www.northcoastni.com

COARSE ANGLING Popular stretches for bream, eel, perch, pike and roach on the Lower Bann at Portna and Movanagher. Local permits, licences, equipment, bait, advice, information, and maps are available from: OUTDOOR COUNTRY SPORTS 58 Society Street, Coleraine, BT52 1LA Contact: Keith Creelman T: 028 7032 0701 E: keith@outdoorandcountrysports.co.uk W: www.outdoorandcountrysports.co.uk Fishing tackle and baits are available. Outdoor and country clothing and army surplus supplies are also sold on the premises. An authorised supplier of fishing licences and permits.

SMYTH’S COUNTRY SPORTS 1 Park Street, Coleraine, BT52 1BD Contact: Stephen Smyth T: 028 7034 3970 E: stephensmyth44@gmail.com W: www.smythscountrysports.com Stockists of Barbour clothing and footwear. All fishing licences and permits plus an extensive range of fishing tackle and bait. Angling 49


PUT & TAKE MOORBROOK TROUT FISHERY 46 Glebe Road, Castlerock, BT51 4SW Contact: Stephanie Holmes T: 028 7084 9408 E: moorbrook@hotmail.co.uk W: www.moorbrooklodge.co.uk Open: Tuesday to Sunday 12 months a year Trout fishery and tackle emporium. Stocked with brown and rainbow trout; fly fishing with a bait stream where children can fish with worms for perch and roach. Tackle hire available and fully qualified instructors are on site for tuition. Free tea and coffee and disabled access. STONE FALLS SPECIMEN TROUT FISHERY 63 Altikeeragh Road, Castlerock, BT51 4SR T: 028 7084 8380 E: info@stonefalls.co.uk W: www.stonefalls.co.uk Opening hours: 9am to dusk or 10pm Stonefalls Trout Fishery & School of Fly Fishing, located 10 minutes from Coleraine, is a secluded trout fishery offering peaceful, quiet, top quality fly fishing, where rod numbers are limited. Also lessons from beginners to advanced in single and double handed techniques from A.P.G.A.I. & F.F.F.M.C.I./ T.H.C.I. instructor.

BALLYLAGAN FISHERY Ballylagan Farm, 39 Ballylagan Road, Coleraine, BT52 2PQ Contact: William Campbell T/F: 028 7082 2251 M: 077 6983 6265 E: info@ballylaganfishery.co.uk W: www.ballylaganfishery.co.uk Open: Monday to Saturday all year, dawn to dusk Ballylagan fishery is a true fishing experience. The five acre spring fed lake is stocked with rainbow trout and can reach depths of 30 feet. Fly fishing only, flies for sale, fish up to 25lbs, boat hire and toilet facilities. TEMPLE SPRINGS FISHERY 11 Temple Road, Garvagh, BT51 5BH Contact: Norman Atkins T: 078 3034 5286 E: info@templesprings.co.uk W: www.templesprings.co.uk Opening hours: all year by appointment Temple Springs is a catch and release bait fishing facility for large and small groups. An induction can be given if required. When you come to us you will have the place to yourself, all tackle and bait will be supplied. The lakes are stocked to capacity for each visit. There is a fishing lodge with toilets, kitchen, lounge and even accommodation and BBQ.

DEEP SEA FISHING CAUSEWAY LASS DEEP SEA FISHING The North Pier, Portrush Harbour, BT56 8DF Contact: Mr Richard Connor T: 077 1211 5751 E: causewaylass@yahoo.com W: www.fishportrush.net Open: March to December Deep sea fishing trips, departing daily from Portrush Harbour. Three hour, mackerel fishing trips - rod, fishing tackle and bait supplied. Just bring yourself. Eight hour shark and wreck fishing trips, sightseeing trips and day trips to the Scottish islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha are also available.

BOY MATTHEW SEA ANGLING (MFU) Portstewart Harbour, BT55 7DB Contact: Peter Boston T: 028 7083 4734 M: 077 6451 4270 E: peter-boston@yahoo.co.uk Open: May to October Operates from Portstewart Harbour, offering 2-3 hour fishing trips for families, groups and individuals. Departs at 2pm and 6pm daily. Rods and tackle supplied. Six hours charter angling is also available for groups and clubs. Booking is required during peak season. “Boy Matthew� is code of practice approved by M.C.A. and licensed for 12 passengers.

ISLAND FISHER Portrush Harbour, BT56 8DF Contact: Robert Cardwell T: 028 7082 2359 M: 078 0215 5688 E: rcardwell@btinternet.com W: www.fishportrush.co.uk Fishing trips, sightseeing trips and seal watching trips are available. BROTHERS Portrush Harbour, BT56 8DF Contact: Dessie Stewart T: 077 0205 2918 E: dessie@portrushseafishing.co.uk W: www.portrushseafishing.co.uk Open: May to October The Brothers have been operating pleasure trips and deep sea fishing on the Causeway Coast for the past 40 years. Fishing trips are available for 3 hours, 6 hours or 8 hours. You can choose a deep sea angling trip for cod, pollock, skate, ling and turbot. Mackerel trips are also available. 50 www.northcoastni.com

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HARBOURS & MARINAS

YACHT CLUBS

SAILING COURSES

SEA SAFARIS

Coleraine Marina

Coleraine Yacht Club

Causeway Power And Sail

Aquaholics Sea Safari Trips

64 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1RS

The Marina, Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1RS

Scallywag, Coleraine Marina, 64 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1EY

14 Portmore Road, Portstewart, BT55 7BE

T: 028 7034 4503 M: 078 6084 1398 E: coleraineyachtclub@googlemail.com W: www.coleraineyachtclub.co.uk

Contact: Fergus Henderson T: 078 3347 4057 E: Fergus@causewaypowerandsail.co.uk W: www.causewaypowerandsail.co.uk

T: 028 7034 4768

Portrush Harbour Harbour Road, Portrush, BT56 8DF Contact: Harbour Master T: 028 7082 2307

Portstewart Harbour The Promenade, Portstewart, BT55 7TD Contact: Coleraine Marina T: 028 7034 4768

Portballintrae Harbour Beach Road, Portballintrae, BT57 8RT Contact: Coleraine Marina T: 028 7034 4768

Coleraine Yacht Club was recently awarded the ‘Club of the Year’ Trophy by the Royal Yachting Association of Northern Ireland, demonstrating their commitment to the sailing environment and contribution to community development. The club is a (RYA RTE) Training Centre offering courses in power boating, dinghy sailing, first aid and VHF Radio.

Portrush Yacht Club 7 Harbour Road, Portrush, BT56 8DF T: 028 7082 3932 or contact M: 079 2978 1236 (Ivor Neill) E: nickchristie@gmail.com The Portrush Yacht Club is a training centre offering courses for adults and children in power boating, sailing, diving, kayaking / canoeing, first aid and VHF radio. There is also an angling section within the club.

Portballintrae Boat Club The Harbour, Portballintrae, BT57 8RT T: 028 2073 2301 Temporary membership available for visitors and holidaymakers.

Open: April to November Sail cruising and powerboat training centre (RYA recognized), offering practical and shore-based instruction, day sailing and skippered charter holidays, cruising the ancient sea kingdom of Dal Riada from the Causeway Coast to the Scottish islands.

CRUISE HIRE Carrickcraft Kinnego Marina, Oxford Island Contact: Wendy Newell T: 028 3834 4993 E: sales@carrickcraft.com W: www.cruise-ireland.com Carrickcraft operate a fleet of 2-6 berth, self-drive cruises on the Lower Bann between Coleraine and Toomebridge . No experience is necessary as full tuition and demonstration will be provided. The cruisers are very well equipped with full cooking facilities, toilet, shower, life jackets and everything you need to enjoy a relaxing break, cruising on the Lower Bann.

Contact: Richard Lafferty T/F 028 7083 2584 E: dive@aquaholics.org W: www.aquaholics.org Aquaholics offers sea safari trips along the Giant’s Causeway coastline. Enjoy high speed trips around The Skerries, Dunluce Castle, Rathlin Island, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway. Enjoy the wildlife from dolphins, basking sharks and seals to gannets, puffins etc. All boats are licensed and are operated with experienced staff.

Portrush Sea Tours 2 Randal Park, Portrush, BT56 8JJ Contact: Pearl Rankin T: 028 7082 3304 M: 077 6169 6060 E: info@portrushseatours.com W: www.portrushseatours.com Portrush Sea Tours offer sightseeing experiences by rib from Portrush Harbour. The tours leave from Portrush Harbour and can last from an hour long to full day charter tours, taking you from Portrush Bay to Bay, The Skerries, Giant's Causeway, Rathlin Island, Derry, Redcastle, Greencastle, Inistrahull, Scottish Isles. Bespoke tours by request. The boat is a Stormforce 11, with capacity for twelve seated passengers and two crew members. There is a heater and wraparound canopy to keep clients dry and warm whatever the weather! It is a fast rib, but very comfortable and stable on the water, giving an excellent sightseeing platform. Sailing & Cruising 55


SEGWAY GLIDES SEGWAY EXPRESS Contact: Mick & Heather T: 078 5031 6152 E: info@segwayexpress.co.uk W: www.segwayexpress.co.uk Segway Express, based on the outskirts of Limavady, have a fleet of 5 Segway Personal Transporters. Fun for all of the family, Segway Tours will take you around the beautiful surroundings of the Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne or to one of our local beaches.

If you are thinking of having a Segway for a private party, promotional event or just for fun, call for information. Full Segway Training is given. Please note for a Segway ‘tour glide’ riders must be over the age of 12 and under 18 stone.

GLIDING ULSTER GLIDING CENTRE The Airfield, Seacoast Road, Bellarena, Limavady, BT49 0LA Contact: Ralph Erskine/Jo Myles T: 028 7775 0301 (Weekends) M: 077 0980 8276 E: secretary@ulsterglidingclub.org W: www.ulsterglidingclub.org Learn to fly in a two-seat dual control glider. No previous experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. Enjoy flying training or just a one-off trial session at one of the finest soaring sites in these islands, in a beautiful

setting beneath the cliffs of Binevenagh on the shore of Lough Foyle. Trial lesson – £80 per person, includes 3 months club membership (prices subject to change).

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Causeway Airfield, Rhee Lane, Aghadowey, BT51 4BE Contact: Mark Holmes T: 028 7082 3793 M: 078 0371 7711 Come and experience that joy of flight with one of our experienced CAA approved instructors in light aircraft, including microlight and seaplanes. No previous experience necessary. See the beautiful Causeway Coast from 2000 feet and marvel at the views. Full instruction for a pilot’s license is available.

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SKYDIVING

CLIMBING

WILDGEESE SKYDIVING CENTRE 116 Carrowreagh Road, Garvagh, BT51 5LQ Contact: Ms Maggie Penny T: 028 2955 8609 E: wild.geese@btconnect.com W: www.home.btconnect.com/wildgeese

RAMORE HEAD Mountaineering Ireland Sport HQ, 13 Joyce Way, Parkwest Business Park, Dublin 12 T: 00353 1 6251 115 E: info@mountaineeringireland.ie W: www.mountaineering.ie The crag is composed of a series of short basalt cliffs. Traditionally the routes are unrecorded and unnamed, and are generally in the easier grades, though some harder routes have been climbed in recent years. A copy of the ‘Fair Head Rock Climbing Guide, MCI’ is available from Mountaineering Ireland.

One of the best equipped centres within the British Parachute Association, with a purpose built hanger housing aircraft and training facilities, which include kit stores, suspended harnesses, fan trainers, aircraft mock ups and packing area. The centre is open seven days a week all year round from dawn till dusk and suffers no altitude restrictions. Check events listings for special events at this attraction throughout the summer period.

BLOKART SAILING BLOKARTFUN Benone Beach Contact: George Brien T: 078 3594 9057 E: blokartfun@gmail.com W: www.blokartfun.com Blokartfun provides supervised lessons in blokart sailing. A blokart is a wind powered, mini sand yacht. No previous sailing experience is necessary. A £10 taster session provides a fun introduction to the sport. Groups catered for by arrangement. Suitable from 8 years upwards.

KARTING GO PRO KART RACING 58 Movanagher Road, Kilrea, BT51 5YJ Contact: Stephen Blair T: 028 2954 1477 E: info@goprokartracing.com W: www.goprokartracing.com Open: April-Oct: Tue–Fri 12noon-9pm; Sat 9am-9pm ; Mon by appointment Oct-March: Tue–Fri 2pm–9pm; Sat 9am-9pm ; Mon by appointment Whether you’re a petrol head who loves the thrill of racing, a beginner who wants to put their driving skills to the test, or simply looking for a fun day out, we guarantee Go ProKart is the place for you. Our award winning Le Mans twin engine ProKarts are designed to thrill, and when you’re behind the wheel, putting the kart through its paces on our super smooth, seven metre wide circuit, you’ll see why. Adventure Sports 59


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The twists and turns on the North Coast’s roads provide plenty of surprises for the driver. Indeed, the Causeway Coastal Route has been described as “one of the world’s great road journeys”. The 120 mile waymarked trail takes you on a voyage of some of the most outstanding scenic drives and follows a path to most of our major attractions.

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Touring Routes

Navigation & Plantation Historical Touring Route The Historical Touring Route focuses on three elements: the town of Coleraine, the River Bann and the Ulster Plantation and is designed to take you on a journey from past to present through beautiful landscape, dramatic scenery and hidden lands. You will begin your tour in Coleraine, travelling through a once forgotten countryside, learning of the folklore and the history that is evident in every tree and building, new or old. The enchanting tour uncovers the struggles and triumphs that have struck the land throughout the ages. You are sure to find beauty in the rugged landscape, old architecture and the knowledge of the people who once depended so highly on their natural landscape. The Historical Touring Route is available to download free at: www.northcoastni.com

Rural Route Coleraine - Garvagh(A29) - Kilrea(B64) Ballymoney(B70) - Coleraine(A26)

Make plenty of time, jump in the car and discover it for yourself.

Travelling inland from the coast, you will discover a wealth of history, heritage and cultural interests. The rural villages of the region are filled with character and charm and the woodland, rivers, forests and hills provide an excellent natural, outdoor playground for a choice of recreational activities.

The Causeway Coastal Route (Via A2) Downhill-Castlerock-Coleraine-PortstewartPortrush-Portballintrae-Bushmills

picturesque towns and villages and celebrated landmarks.

The North Coast forms part of the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, covering some of the most spectacular and dramatic scenery in Ireland. With beautiful stretches of unspoilt coastline, the journey features a number of

For details of the full Causeway Coastal Route and suggested itineraries visit www.causewaycoastandglens.com or contact Coleraine Tourist Information Centre.

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Tour Guides

Viewing Points

Lynchpin Tours 4 Dhu Varren Gardens, Portrush, BT56 8LW T: 079 7466 3136 E: info@lynchpintours.com W: www.lynchpintours.com Customised tours of Ireland - scenic, golf, and themed. Transport by 7 seat Viano or in a small deluxe coach to handpicked accommodation.

Tommy Collins Blue Badge Guide 33 New Row, Kilrea, BT51 5TA T: 028 2954 0645 M: 079 8939 7942 E: collinskilrea@btinternet.com W: www.beguided.co.uk Tours can be planned for church groups, tourists, conference delegates, tour operators and corporate groups. Interests include walking in rural Ireland, vintage vehicles, local history, folklore, Irish and Scottish traditional music, ornithology, conservation, Ulster Scots history and Pre-Christian Ireland.

Tim Conway T: 028 7082 5678 M: 078 0295 7567 W: timconway@btinternet.com Specialising in Irish history, golf tours, genealogical research, Giant’s Causeway and Derry~Londonderry.

Nutt Travel 15 Sperrin Business Park, Ballycastle Road, Coleraine, BT52 2DH

Magheracross Viewing Point & Picnic Area

Ballyhacket Viewing Point

Dunluce Road, Portrush, BT57 8UY

Ballyhacket, approximately 3 miles south west of Castlerock, within the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), provides wonderful, panoramic views towards the north and east of the Province, including Donegal, the Antrim Hills and the Causeway Coast.

Located just west of Dunluce Castle, Magheracross is an excellent spot to stop and enjoy a picnic and take in the stunning, coastal scenery often missed when travelling by car along the coast road.

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Ballyhacket Lane, Downhill, BT51 4SU

T: 028 7035 1199 E: info@NuttTravel.com W: www.nutttravel.com Specialists in Irish Motorbike Tours, providing touring routes and/or guided tours in Ireland and Northern Ireland, taking you along the road less traveled, along sky-high cliffs, golden coastlines and buzzing cities.

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BUSHMILLS AND THE CAUSEWAY

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY National Trust Office, 44 Causeway Road, Bushmills, BT57 8SU T: 028 2073 1855 E: giantscausewaytic@nationaltrust.org.uk W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giantscauseway The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, is a geological wonder composed of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns resulting from intense volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. State of the art interpretation within the newly opened Visitor Centre unlocks the mystery and stories of this amazing landscape and offers a unique glimpse into the wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway. Visitors can explore waymarked trails and enjoy spectacular coastal scenery accompanied by an innovative outdoor audio guide available in 9 languages. The upgraded paths and trails network also includes a new all accessible trail to Runkerry Head. Other visitor facilities include a refreshed retail and catering offer, tourist information and bureau de change. OPENING HOURS: Stones and North Antrim Coastal Path: Open all year

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CARRICK-A-REDE ROPE BRIDGE 119a Whitepark Road, Ballintoy, BT54 6LS T: 028 2076 8523 E: carrickarede@nationaltrust.org.uk W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carrickarede

Take the exhilarating rope bridge to Carrick-a-rede island and enjoy a truly clifftop experience. This 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge originally erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views. Note: Suitable clothing and footwear recommended.

THE ‘OLD BUSHMILLS’ DISTILLERY

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & BUSHMILLS RAILWAY

2 Distillery Road, Bushmills, BT57 8XH T: 028 2073 3218 or 028 2073 3272 E: visitors.bushmills@diageo.com W: www.bushmills.com

Giant’s Causeway Station, Runkerry Road, Bushmills, BT57 8SZ Tel: 028 2073 2844 E: infogcbr@btconnect.com W: www.freewebs.com/giantscausewayrailway

The Old Bushmills Distillery is Ireland’s oldest distillery. The Bushmills Brand Experience encompasses guided tours around a working distillery; whiskey tasting experiences; a specialist whiskey shop and a well stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchandise. There is a coffee shop facility that specialises in Bushmills inspired treats. Please ring ahead for opening times and general information.

A unique, travel experience on a steam locomotive along a magnificent coastal stretch of line between Bushmills and the world heritage site at the Giant’s Causeway. The railway now provides a passenger link between the historic town of Bushmills and the famous stone columns of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site. The railway has been built to the Irish narrow gauge of three feet and runs for two miles along the track bed of the former Giant’s Causeway Tram. Please telephone for timetable and fares.

OPENING HOURS: Open every day – except for Christmas and July holidays. Please check www.bushmills. com for exact dates and times as these will vary year to year.

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A little bit of R&R…

That’s retail and relaxation!

MARKETS Causeway Speciality Market

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The Diamond, Coleraine, BT52 1DP For information contact: 028 7035 6527 E: jenny.sproule@colerainebc.gov.uk W: www.colerainebc.gov.uk

Open: 3rd Saturday of every month, 9am–1pm

Open: 2nd Saturday of every month, 9am - 2.30pm

The North Coast has a well deserved reputation as a shopping destination. Coleraine offers an eclectic mix of independent retailers and high street shops and has previously been named Ireland’s Best Kept Urban Centre and Best Kept Large Town in Northern Ireland. In 2011, The Royal Horticultural Society bestowed a discretionary award to Coleraine for having the best floral displays in the entire United Kingdom

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making it an eye-catching and delightful place to visit. You could also opt to lose yourself in the wonderful variety of curios and craft shops, galleries and studios in the surrounding towns and villages. We highly recommend some retail therapy and then why not relax the body and mind and indulge in some well deserved pampering when you visit us.

The Causeway Speciality Market is a bustling, organic, speciality food and craft market held around Coleraine Town Hall on the second Saturday of each month. It is the largest regular outdoor market in Northern Ireland offering fabulous cheeses, home baked speciality breads, olives, spices, coffees, organic fruit and vegetables and a superb range of quality crafts such as handmade jewellery, wood crafts, candles and soaps. Vineyard Car Boot Sale, Farmers Market & Craft Fair 10 Hillmans Way, Ballycastle Road, Coleraine, BT52 2ED T: 028 7032 6161 E: info@causewaycoastvineyard.com

With more than 100 outdoor, 85 indoor, 60 covered ‘drive-in’ pitches and plenty of on-site car parking available to the public and traders, the combined Car Boot Sale, Farmer’s Market & Craft Fair includes free live music and a selection of children’s activities, such as face painting and a bouncy castle, both available for a small donation. Hot food from local vendors along with tea and coffee from the Vineyard Compassion stand are also available. Coleraine Craft Fayre Diamond Shopping Centre, Bridge Street, Coleraine, BT52 1DT E: colerainecraftfayre@gmail.com Open: 1st Saturday of every month, 10am - 4pm A monthly fayre, showcasing the talents of Coleraine crafters. Regular stall holders include SheRa Crafts, Nani Nui, The Stables Flower Co., Golly Molly Bags and Irish Wood and Wool. Retail and Relaxation 71


Art GALLERIES Adrian Margey Art Studio 3 Gorse Road, Kilrea BT51 5SZ M: 078 4159 3762 E: adrianmargey@googlemail.com W: www.adrianmargey.com Adrian Margey is one of Northern Ireland’s most collectable young artists. His contemporary depictions of Irish landscape, iconic local landmarks and musical traditions are winning him a fan base both nationally and internationally. Arrange a visit to Adrian’s Kilrea studio, where you will find the artist at the easel and an excellent selection of his work year-round. Viewings are by appointment. Portstewart Galleries 49 The Promenade, Portstewart, BT55 7AE Contact: Pauline Hughes T: 028 7083 4600 E: sales@irishartgroup.com W: www.irishartgroup.com Open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm all year. The Portstewart Galleries are specialists in contemporary Irish art, publishers of fine art prints and cards by Irish artists, dealers in vintage fountain pens, antiquarian maps of Ireland, bespoke frames, art consultants and valuers.

ANTIQUES Dunluce Gallery 33 Ballytober Road, Bushmills, BT57 8UU Contact: Clare Ross T: 028 2073 1140 E: dunluceantiques@btinternet.com W: www.dunlucegallery.com Open: Mon-Thurs 10am - 5.30pm; Sat 2pm-6pm (or by appointment). An Irish Art Gallery with a small selection of antiques and a porcelain restoration service on the premises. Forge Antiques 24-26 Long Commons, Coleraine, BT52 1LH Contact: Graham Walker T: 028 7035 1339 Open: Mon to Sat 10am to 12.30 and 1.30pm to 5.30pm Jewellery, silver, porcelain, clocks, paintings, furniture and bric-a-brac. Beeswax Antiques 6 Church Street, Kilrea, BT51 5QQ Contact: Patrick McNeill T: 028 2954 1104

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Antique specialists for over 25 years. Beeswax buys and sells antiques offering restoration and French Polish treatments. Atlantic Antiques 22 Portstewart Road, Portrush, BT56 8EQ Contact: Ernie Dickie T: 028 7082 5988 E: enquiries@atlantic-antiques.co.uk W: www.atlantic-antiques.co.uk Open: 11am to 5.30pm all year (extended opening during the summer period). Antiques and collectables. All items are individually chosen with the customer in mind. Kennedy And Wolfenden 86 Main Street, Portrush, BT56 8BN T: 028 7082 2995 M: 078 3145 3038 E: eleanor@kennedywolfenden.com You will find a fine selection of antique furniture, porcelain and silver; antique and modern Irish art; plus a superb collection of antique and modern jewellery.

Island Irish Art 49 Ballyrashane Road, Coleraine BT52 2NL Contact: Jeannie McCollum T: 028 7034 2599 E: mccollum@islandirishart.com W: www.islandirishart.com Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Island Irish Art is housed in a purpose built gallery, set in the idyllic surrounds of a highly renowned and successful equestrian centre. Whilst specializing in the finest works by established artists, the gallery is also committed to a policy of bringing the latest in Irish contemporary art to our worldwide client base. The Stables Gallery Fine Paintings & Sculpture Roselick Lodge, 9 Roselick Road, Portstewart, BT55 7PP T: 028 7083 4006 M: 078 6081 6219 E: stewart-moore@btconnect.com W: www.stables-gallery.co.uk The Stables Gallery was established in 1988, specializing in Fine Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture by leading Irish artists.

The Gallery is located at Roselick Lodge, a beautifully restored Georgian house situated on the outskirts of Portstewart. It is open daily and visitors are most welcome to view the extensive stock. Private parking. Visit the website to check on the latest exhibition information. Castlecat Studio Gallery 76 Castlecatt Road, Bushmills, BT57 8TW Contact: James McNulty T: 028 2074 1682 E: jamesmcnulty48@gmail.com W: www.jamesmcnultyartist.co.uk Open: Wednesday to Saturday & Bank Holidays 12noon to 6pm Located in a small, tastefully converted stable of a former farmhouse in the hamlet of Castlecatt, near Bushmills, the gallery has a permanent exhibition of around 50 paintings in oils, watercolour and pastels. Unframed paintings and prints are also available and there is a studio discount for buying direct from gallery. Frame It 3 Society Street, Coleraine, BT52 1LA T: 028 7035 6645 Retail and Relaxation 73


Atlantic Craft NI (Basketmakers) 103 Atlantic Road, Portrush BT56 8PB Contact: Louise McClean T: 028 7082 4810 / 077 3145 7263 E: atlanticcraft@btinternet.com

RELAXATION, HEALTH & WELLBEING

Open to the public by arrangement. Atlantic Craft Studio and Workshop is the only working traditional, craft studio on the Causeway Coast producing home grown basketry products, using the finest willow and other locally grown materials. As members of the Irish Basketmakers’ Association and the Heritage Crafts Association, workshops are organized several times during the year.

CRAFTS Flowerfield Arts Centre 185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart BT55 7HU T: 028 7083 1400 E: info@flowerfield.org W: www.flowerfield.org Open: Mon- Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-1pm. You’ll discover examples of contemporary and traditional visual art by a selection of Irish artists in Flowerfield’s gallery. Coleraine Borough Council’s dedicated arts facility hosts arts and crafts courses, exhibitions, concerts, lectures and events all year; activities for adults and children: pottery, painting, photography, creative writing and more. State of the art facilities including auditorium, galleries, teaching facilities, media training suite, craft studios, craft shop, reception and coffee. Laneside Gallery 5 Stable Lane, Coleraine, BT52 1DQ Contact: D Green T: 028 7035 3600 E: info@lanesidegallery.com W: www.lanesidegallery.com Open: Tues-Sat 11am -5.30pm (also Bank Holidays) A leading art gallery dealing in traditional and contemporary Irish art, with bespoke picture framing also available. Causeway Gallery 110 Dunluce Road, Portrush, BT56 8BN Contact: David Alexander T: 028 7082 2783 or 028 7082 2364 W: www.furniture-ni.com Specialising in local crafts, Irish and contemporary art and furniture. Free car parking and worldwide delivery service available. 74 www.northcoastni.com

Pretty Crafty Design Studio & Willow Garden Tea Room 5 Springbank Road, Castlerock BT51 4SA Contact: James Currie T/F: 028 7084 8146 M: 078 0178 6865 E: prettycraftydesignstudio@yahoo.co.uk W: www.prettycraftydesignstudio.com Open: Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm Discover a range of imaginative and unusual, hand crafted gifts and floral sculptures. We support twenty local crafters in our studio, and personalised commission work can be undertaken. Situated in the heart of the Downhill Forest, opposite the Lion’s Gate, the studio takes its inspiration from a beautiful part of the world. Adults and children craft parties can be arranged or why not drop in for a selection of hot and cold lunches, soup, tray bakes, sweets and tea & coffee.

Magpie Crafts 70 Ringrash Road, Macosquin, Coleraine BT51 4LJ Contact: Marion Coupe T: 028 7032 1131 Open: 10am-9pm (Easter to October); 10am-6pm (October to Easter) Magpie Crafts run classes and workshops in paper crafting (cards, books & mixed media) and beading/jewellery making. Classes run weekly throughout the year. Workshops are usually monthly on Fridays and Saturdays. Family craft classes run during school holidays. There is also a small shop selling supplies used in classes. R and J Hillis 27-29 Main Street, Portrush, BT56 8BL Contact: Norman Hillis T: 028 7082 3203 W: www.giftwareireland.com and www.traditionalirishgifts.com A clothing store with a specialist Irish Craft shop, stocking probably the largest selection of quality Irish gifts and souvenirs on the Causeway Coast. Causeway Coast Lifestyle T: 078 8941 3720 E: caroline@causewaycoastlifestyle.com W: www.causewaycoastlifestyle.com Causeway Coast Lifestyle features a fabulous collection of stylish gifts and contemporary home accessories inspired by coastal living. Many of the gorgeous products are made locally within a few miles of the Giant’s Causeway. Bring a bit of seaside into your home or purchase gorgeous souvenirs for friends and family. Shop online now and have your gifts delivered safely to your door.

The Arcadia Adjacent to East Strand, Portrush BT56 8AB T: 075 2549 6968 E: yayagillen@hotmail.com W: www.facebook.com/arcadiaportrush Opening hours: Classes – all year Café - Easter to September Upstairs open for classes and art space all year – check website for details. The Arcadia houses a café, an art gallery and fitness and well being studio. We do a selection of yoga classes, pilates, Tai chi, taebo and bokwa. The timetable is updated every season. The studio space is also available to hire for small weddings, workshops and seminars. Springwell Manor Health Farm and B&B 7 Ballystrone Road, Macosquin, Coleraine, BT51 4JF Contact: Jennifer Cochrane T: 028 7035 3505 E: jen@springwellmanor.com W: www.springwellmanor.co.uk Springwell Manor Health Farm offers a true sanctuary, where you can rejuvenate the body and deeply relax the mind. It has the distinctive ‘home from home’ feeling which makes guests feel very much at ease. Treatments and facilities include: facials, handcare, footcare, tanning, waxing, body and holistic therapies, toning table, yoga and Turkish baths, etc. Perfections Day Spa 10 Society Street, Coleraine BT52 1LA T: 028 7035 5306 E: info@perfectionsdayspa.co.uk W: www.perfectionsdayspa.co.uk Perfections Day Spa offers the best in beauty, nail and spa treatments in beautiful surroundings. Ideally located in Coleraine Town Centre, Perfections offer everything you need to spa in absolute comfort. Retail and Relaxation 75


FLOWERFIELD ARTS CENTRE 185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart BT55 7HU T: 028 7083 1400 E: info@flowerfield.org W: www.flowerfield.org Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm; Sat 10am - 1pm Flowerfield Arts Centre is Coleraine Borough Council’s dedicated arts facility, providing arts and crafts courses, exhibitions, concerts, film showings, lectures and events throughout the year.

RIVERSIDE THEATRE

lights, camera, action! The performing arts scene is alive and well on the North Coast. Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart is home to music recitals, concerts and exhibitions all year round and The Riverside Theatre in Coleraine also offers a variety of shows, pantomimes and plays which run throughout the year. During the summer months, a series of live theatre performances take place in Portrush as part of the Portrush Summer Theatre programme and there is a variety of outdoor, street entertainment and live music concerts throughout the area, with performances suitable for all the family.

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University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA T: 028 7012 3123 (box office) T: 028 7012 4430 (admin office) E: js.lewis@ulster.ac.uk W: www.riversidetheatre.org.uk Northern Ireland’s first regional theatre, now in its 36th year, seats just under 400 and aims to provide an annual programme of arts and entertainment for visitors, the local population, staff and students of the university. Also, every Thursday during July and August, St Patrick’s Church,Coleraine hosts a series of summer recitals by local, national and international artists. Many of the local bars and bistros offer a mix of contemporary and traditional live music acts and the annual Atlantic Sessions Music Festival, which takes place in November, is an exciting showcase for original music. Check www.northcoastni.com/whats-on for up to date details on events in the area.

PORTRUSH SUMMER THEATRE (seasonal) Portrush Town Hall, BT56 8DX T: 028 7082 9539 (Box Office) W: www.ballywillan.com Performances take place Wednesday-Saturday during July and August. For details contact the Theatre Box Office or Coleraine Tourist Information Centre T: 028 7034 4723.

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2013

Events 2013 is another exciting year for events on the North Coast. We will be marking the 400th anniversary of Coleraine town’s Royal Charter in June with a weekend of celebrations and we are proud to welcome the World Police and Fire Games to our Portrush shores for selected events in August. The North Coast hosts many annual renowned festivals and events including the International North West 200 motorcycle road races, RNLI Portrush Raft Race, the NI International Air Show, the Atlantic Sessions Music Festival, the Portstewart Red Sails Festival, surfing competitions and several golf tournaments at some of the country’s best courses. Why not plan your trip today to coincide with one of the many events and festivals that interest you. Please check www.northcoastni.com/whats-on for all the latest event information.

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May 12-18: Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 25-26: RNLI Raft Race, West Bay, Portrush June 3-7: Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament 6-9: Limavady Jazz and Blues Festival 8-9: Portrush Regatta 15: Causeway Coast Triathlon 15-16: Glenullin Hill Walking Festival, Garvagh 28-29: Coleraine 400, Coleraine

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July TBC: Riverfest, Christie Park, Coleraine 8-12: North of Ireland Amateur Open Golf, Royal Portrush

September

20-26: New Horizon, University of Ulster, Coleraine

14-15: Castlerock Walk Fest October

21-27: Red Sails Festival and Fireworks, Portstewart 26-27: Armoy Road Races

18-21: Roe Valley Folk Festival, Limavady

28-2 Aug: NI Milk Cup Youth Soccer Tournament

31: Halloween Entertainment and Fireworks, Coleraine November

August

14-17: Atlantic Sessions Music Festival, Portrush & Portstewart

3-4: Ulster Military Vehicle Club Show, Portrush 6-9: World Police & Fire Games, Portrush 10: Live Outdoor Concert & Fireworks, Portrush 17-18: Stendhal Festival, Limavady 23-24: North West Pipe Band Championships, Portrush 24-25: Mini Car Rally Weekend, Portrush 26-27: Ould Lammas Fair, Ballycastle 31-1 Sept: NI International Air Show, Portrush

Remember the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine and Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart also run events throughout the year and the Causeway Speciality Market takes place in Coleraine Town Centre the second Saturday of every month. For detailed up-to-date event listings visit www.northcoastni.com/whats-on 2013 Events 83


WHERE TO STAY

From family-friendly accommodation to romantic rural retreats, the choice of accommodation on the North Coast will have something just perfect for your stay. You will find a wide variety of excellent hotels and Bed & Breakfasts, many of them located close to our famous golf courses, beaches and nightlife. If you’re looking to get away from it all there are also several, lovely, country hideaways and for those seeking accommodation with the personal touch, a stay in one of our guesthouses will offer a relaxed atmosphere and opportunities to chat with the owners and other guests. Choose from a number of caravan parks situated throughout the North Coast. Whether you prefer to hook-up a touring caravan, or

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pitch a tent, the caravan parks are always a popular choice with visitors. Sites fill up quickly during peak season and advance booking is advisable. An on-line booking service is now available for all Coleraine Borough Council owned sites; visit www.colerainebc.gov.uk for more details. For enquiries or help with booking your accommodation please contact Coleraine Tourist Information Centre, Railway Road, Coleraine. T: 028 7034 4734 E: info@northcoastni.com

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Accommodation All accommodation is listed in alphabetical order by town and name, thereafter by type of accommodation.

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Bayview Hotel*** 2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae Bushmills BT57 8RZ Tel: (028) 2073 4100  Fax: (028) 2073 4330 Email: info@bayviewhotelni.com www.bayviewhotelni.com (Rooms 25, en-suite 25)  Prices on request. Opened 2001, situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Portballintrae, 1 mile from Bushmills. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and close to the Giant’s Causeway and Old Bushmills Distillery. Interlinking and family rooms available. Excellent conference facilities, fantastic sea views from the restaurant and bar. Located only 5 minutes from the famous Royal Portrush Links Golf Course. }Gf(%;Gz�kvjx[v

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Valley View Country House Valerie McFall 6a Ballyclough Road, Bushmills BT57 8TU Tel: (028) 2074 1608  Fax: (028) 2074 2739 Mobile: 07718 867677 Email: valerie.mcfall@btinternet.com www.valleyviewbushmillsaccommodation.com (Rooms 7, en-suite 7)  s£35-£42, d£28-£31 pps Attractive Country House, very friendly welcome and personal service. Newly decorated spacious rooms, many king beds and fridge in room. Homemade breads and jams. Free WiFi. Convenient to Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Tea and home baking on arrival between 3-6pm. Take B17 towards Coleraine, pass Maxol station, first left, 3.4 miles on right. }FGfC(%;�kx€A[vG^

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Montalto House B&B*** Hilary Taggart 5 Craigaboney Road, Bushmills BT57 8XD Tel: (028) 2073 1257 Mobile: 07980 562838 Email: montaltohouse@btconnect.com www.montaltohouse.com (Rooms 6, en-suite 5)  s£30-40, d£30-32.50 pps

Browns Country House 174 Ballybogey Road, Bushmills BT52 2LP Tel: (028) 2073 2777  Fax: (028) 2073 1627 Mobile: 07761 385275 Email: brownscountryhouse@hotmail.com www.brownscountryhouse.co.uk (Rooms 8, en-suite 8)  s£35-£40, d£30-£35 pps

Portcaman House Dawn Hargreves 11 Priestland Road, Bushmills BT57 8QP Tel: (028) 2073 2286 Mobile: 07761 696352 Email: info@giantscausewayhotel.co.uk www.giantscausewayhotel.co.uk (Rooms 4, en-suite 4)  s£40-£45, d£25-£40 pps

Large Victorian house with panoramic views of the North Coast. Peaceful rural location yet only 10-15 minutes’ walk to Bushmills. Giant’s Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery and Dunluce Castle all within 3 miles. The breakfast menu is varied with homemade bread and preserves a speciality! Special diets catered for on request. A warm and friendly welcome is assured.

With a reputation for superb breakfast and a friendly atmosphere, Brown’s is close to the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, open farms, pony trekking, fishing and golf. Three and a half miles from old Bushmills Distillery. Closed beginning November until end of February.

The perfect location to the Giant’s Causeway and The Old Bushmills Distillery and only a 2 minute walk to the village shops and restaurants... the perfect place to start your adventure! This well established B&B has been recently refurbished to give you a feeling of a modern hotel room.

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Valley View Farmhouse Mrs M McFall 6a Ballyclough Road, Bushmills BT57 8TU Tel/Fax: (028) 2074 2739  Mobile: 07718 867677 Email: maynard.mcfall@btinternet.com www.valleyviewfarmhouse.com (Rooms 3, en-suite 3)  s£35-£40, d£28-£31 pps

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1 Ritchies Wood**** Carole McNeill 1 Ritchies Wood, Bushmills BT57 5QD Tel: (028) 2586 2457  Mobile: 07754 443139 Email: carole@macdesign44.freeserve.co.uk (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  Prices on request.

Family-run farmhouse with beautiful views and newly refurbished en-suite rooms. Tea and home baking served on arrival between 3pm and 6pm. Convenient to all North Antrim coastal attractions including the Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. Free WiFi. Take B17 towards Coleraine, pass Maxol station, first left and continue for 3 miles on right. }GfC(%;G�kx€A[G^

This modern 3 storey townhouse, complete with all home comforts, in the historic village of Bushmills offers the features of having the living area on the ground floor and the bedrooms downstairs all overlooking the River Bush with splendid views towards Portballintrae and local golf course.

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Bluebell Cottage**** Mary Petrie 11 Ballyclough Cottages, Ballyclough Rd, Bushmills BT57 8AA Tel: (028) 2587 1431  Mobile: 07759 822472 Email: marypetrie@talktalk.net (Rooms 2, sleeps 4)  £230-£380 per week Luxury furnished cottage set on a peaceful hillside location, enjoying panoramic views of surrounding countryside with view of sea, on North Antrim’s beautiful Causeway Coast. The site overlooks Portballintrae, Bushmills, Antrim mountains and the River Bush valley. Ideal for a relaxing holiday. Within easy reach of Portballintrae, White Rocks, Portrush and Portstewart. };(z^EF€vII9b N

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Finch Cottage**** Ted and Joan Parks 7 Ballyclogh Cottages, Ballyleckan, Bushmills BT57 8AA Tel: (028) 9268 2376  Mobile: 07909 054003 Email: parksted@hotmail.com (Rooms 2, sleeps 4)  £230-£390 per week Luxury well equipped cottage furnished to high standard. The beautiful rural elevated location overlooks Portballintrae and the Causeway headland, within easy reach of the dramatic Giant’s Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery and some of the most beautiful and exciting surfing beaches in Ireland. Sorry no pets and no smoking. Patio for guest use.

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20 Dunluce Cottages**** Diane Armstrong 20 Dunluce Cottages, Priestland Road, Bushmills BT57 8AT Tel: (028) 9267 3078  Mobile: 07790 325922 Email: john.dianearmstrong@btinternet.com www.dunlucecottages.co.uk (Rooms 3, sleeps 5)  £350-£450 per week This cottage was recently constructed to a high specification in a child friendly cul-de-sac. Three bedrooms (master en-suite) can comfortably accommodate 5 persons. Cot also available. A fully fitted kitchen with microwave, fridge and dishwasher. Utility with freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Open plan lounge/dining room with patio doors leading to patio area with BBQ facilities. }f;(^z�EFgvII9db G 

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Lavender Cottage**** Jim Campbell 9 Ballyclough Road, Bushmills BT57 8XA Mobile: 07834 812647 Email: cottageholidayni@gmail.com www.cottageholidaynorthernireland.com (Rooms 2, sleeps 4)  £230-£390 per week Fully refurbished in 2012, this well equipped, purpose built cottage is set in beautiful countryside, enjoying panoramic views of North Antrim’s famous Causeway Coast.

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Rose Cottage**** Jo Campbell 8 Ballyclogh Cottages, Ballyclogh Rd, Bushmills BT57 8AA Tel: 01483 808955  Mobile: 07976 819626 Email: jocampbell@bulldoghome.com www.cottageholidaynorthernireland.com (Rooms 2, sleeps 4)  £230-£390 per week

The Bield Kari Armstrong 2 Ritchies Wood, Priestland Road, Bushmills BT57 8QW Tel: (028) 7086 9147 Email: enquiries@thebield.com www.thebield.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 5)  Prices on request

One of Rose Cottage’s greatest attributes has to be its superb location. You’ll be able to make full use of its private patio and balcony to sit and enjoy the commanding views of the Causeway Coast, Bush Valley and Glens of Antrim. Rose Cottage is fully furnished, situated in a peaceful location and equipped to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s 4 star classification with ample parking.

With great views of the River Bush and the picturesque Causeway headland, The Bield provides the perfect base for exploring the Causeway Coast. This 3-bedroom, selfcatering townhouse is a home away from home, with parking spaces, WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen (including laundry facilities and Nespresso machine) and an open fireplace all at your disposal.

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Carneety House Carol Henry 120 Mussenden Road, Castlerock BT51 4TX Tel/Fax: (028) 7084 8640  Mobile: 07762 502642 Email: carolhenry1@hotmail.co.uk www.carneetyhouse.co.uk (Rooms 3, en-suite 1)  From s£30-£35, d£25-£30 pps

Keeragh Lodge Sandra Hall 59 Altikeeragh Road, Castlerock BT51 4SR Tel: (028) 7084 8666  Mobile: 07761 402440 Email: sandrakeeraghlodge@btinternet.com www.keeraghlodge.com (Rooms 2, en-suite 2)  From s£50, d£35 pps

This 300 year old traditional farmhouse provides comfortable rooms overlooking the garden. Set in the lovely North Coast countryside close to Mussenden Temple. Beautiful walks and beach nearby. The great farmhouse country breakfast is a must! Stabling for horses available. Closed Christmas.

Keeragh Lodge offers a high standard of accommodation and is situated on an elevated site overlooking Downhill, Portrush, Portstewart, and is also convenient to explore the Causeway Coast. There is always a warm welcome and a cup of tea with home baking on arrival. Guests have full use of two sitting areas, a lounge with Sky TV and a sunroom.

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Mussenden Lodge***** Ian & Jaci Gregg 8 Liffock Park, Castlerock BT51 4DG Tel: (028) 7086 8771  Mobile: 07708 306754 Email: jacigregg@aol.com www.mussendenlodge.co.uk (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £400-£525 per week This 5 Star luxury self catering accommodation is conveniently located in the picturesque seaside village of Castlerock. It offers very comfortable homely accommodation for 6 people in 3 spacious bedrooms. It has a spacious lounge, kitchen, dining room, extensive fully enclosed rear garden, large garage. Equipped to a high standard with WiFi, Woodburning Stove, BBQ, Safe etc. Open all year. }f;(^z^�kEF€gvII9 G N d b

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Walkmill Cottages Joan Adams 28a Priestland Road, Bushmills BT57 8XB Tel: (028) 2073 1261  Mobile: 07748 523636 Email: joancadams@tiscali.co.uk Units 2 (Rooms 2, sleeps 4)  £300-£415 per week

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Carraig Lodge***** 16 Belvedere Park, Castlerock BT51 4XW Mobile: 07886 847925  Mobile: 07737 056920 Email: carraiglodge16@yahoo.co.uk www.carraiglodge.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £395-£500 per week Carraig Lodge is a luxury modern bungalow, furnished and equipped to exceedingly high standards that should cater for even the most discerning guest. This beautiful home has all accommodation conveniently laid out at ground floor level. It is located in the tranquil seaside village of Castlerock and is within easy walking distance of all local amenities. }f;(^z^�EF€gvII9d bG N

Fully equipped 5 star. 1 double en-suite, 1 twin en-suite, 1 double en-suite (bathroom and shower). Separate WC, living room, kitchen/dining, utility room, cloak room. Enclosed garden, patio, storage area. Car parking. Linen and heating supplied (normal usage). No pets, no smoking. Good housekeeping deposit (refundable).

Situated in the beautiful seaside village of Castlerock, on Northern Ireland’s North Coast, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Beautifully appointed, detached property, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Ten minutes’ walk to the Blue Flag Beach, Shops, Restaurants, Train Station and Championship Golf Course. Enclosed patio area and gas BBQ. Commended in “Property of the Year 2007’, (NITB Awards). }fC;(^z�EF€gvII9d b GN

Mussenden-Castlerock**** David & Mary Hunter 23 Seapark, Castlerock BT51 4TH Tel: (028) 7130 1214  Mobile: 07708 249556 Email: info@derryfarmcottages.com www.derryfarmcottages.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 7)  £395-£695 per week ‘Mussenden’ is a coastal retreat at Castlerock, 3 mins from excellent Blue Flag beach & Castlerock Links Golf Course. Convenient to Giant’s Causeway, Royal Portrush, Bushmills Distillery, University of Ulster. Excellent restaurants and wine bars nearby. Fully equipped house, WiFi, garden, sleeps 7, ideal base for holiday or corporate guests. Any Day Check-In. Open All Year. Minimum stay 2 nights.

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O’Neills Holiday Accommodation at Castlerock Holiday Park Sandra O’Neill Castlerock Holiday Park, 24 Sea Rd, Castlerock BT51 4TN Tel: (028) 7084 8381 Email: info@castlerockholidaypark.com Units 5 (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £300-£480 per week

O’Neills Holiday Accommodation – The Willows Sandra O’Neill 50 Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4TW Tel: 028 7084 8381 Email: oneillsholidayaccommodation@hotmail.co.uk (Rooms 4, sleeps 9)  £400-£675 per week

O’Neills Holiday Accommodation is located in the prime holiday resort of Castlerock on Northern Ireland’s famous Causeway Coast. The town offers a choice holiday location close to Downhill, The Bishop’s Gate, Hezlett House and the 18th Century demesne castle of the Earl Bishop of Derry with it’s dramatic cliff top - Mussenden Temple.

Traditional self catering 4 bedroom house, situated in the village of Castlerock. A short stroll to train line, shops and restaurants. Walking distance to Castlerock beach and National Trust properties.

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Tara Lodge***** Diane Megahey 2 Belvedere Avenue, Castlerock BT51 4XD Tel/Fax: (028) 9029 0923  Mobile: 07900 898857 Email: tara_lodge@hotmail.com www.tara-lodge.co.uk (Rooms 4, sleeps 8)  £399-£650 per week

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Pine Hollow ***** 19 Belvedere Park, Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4XY Tel: (028) 7084 8698 Mobile: 07899 666155 Email: pat@irelandaccommodation.co.uk  www.irelandaccommodation.co.uk (Rooms, 3, sleeps 6) £350-£450 per week / £175-£180 per weekend excl. bank hols.

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Beautiful pine furnished bungalow in a quiet cul-desac. Fully equipped kitchen. Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Living room has wood/coal burning stove, TV, video and DVD. Garden with patio and BBQ. Travel cot and high chair available. Close to beach and golf course. Ideal base for golfing and touring Antrim Coast, L’derry and Donegal.

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Downhill Hostel 12 Mussenden Road, Downhill Castlerock BT51 4RP Tel: (028) 7084 9077  Email: info@downhillhostel.com www.downhillhostel.com (Rooms 8, en-suite 6)  Beds from £15, d£22.50 pps

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Castle Cottage**** 53 Belvedere Park, Castlerock BT51 4XW Tel: (028) 9147 1318  Mobile: 07968 963932 Email: mcmaster31@btinternet.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £320-£440 per week

A perfect setting for those wishing to enjoy the freedom of a self catering break in a tranquil rural location. The charming cottages are fully equipped, furnished and maintained to a high standard. They are set on a family farm in the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Causeway Coast and offer their own interesting nature walks by the riverside. Private secure parking. }fC;(^EgvIIdb N

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A self-catering accommodation in stunning location on the Downhill/Magilligan beach by Mussenden Temple. This atmospheric Victorian home features rooms for families, couples & individual travellers & accepts exclusive use group bookings for private events. Downhill has won multiple awards from the NITB, NRRTI, Tripadvisor & Hostelworld for customer satisfaction & excellence in Sustainable Tourism.

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Gull Cottage Mrs Celine Stevenson 6 Seacourt Mews, Castlerock BT51 4LG Tel: (028) 7134 8074  Mobile: 07894 513879 Email: gull-cottage@hotmail.co.uk www.gull-cottage.net (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £350-£475 per week Gull Cottage is situated in the beautiful village of Castlerock, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Quiet cul-de-sac location, 5 minutes walk to beach, shops, train, golf course and Downhill Estate. 3 bedrooms (1 double en-suite, 1 twin, 1 bunk room). Enclosed rear courtyard with gas BBQ and patio furniture. Perfect location for a family holiday. }f G

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Castlerock Holiday Park Stephen O’Neill 24 Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4TN Tel: 028 7084 8381 Email: info@castlerockholidaypark.com 16 Touring/Motor from £15 4 Tents from £10 250 Static Traditional small touring park adjacent to large static park. Only 500 metres from village shops, restaurants, train station and golf course. A short stroll to beach and National Trust properties. Pitches with 5 amp electricity. Prebooking recommended. Open Easter to October. }C%kSyv%Q;c^)

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Brown Trout Golf & Country Inn*** Jane O’Hara 209 Agivey Road, Aghadowey BT51 4AD Tel: (028) 7086 8209  Fax: (028) 7086 8878 Email: jane@browntroutinn.com www.browntroutinn.com (Rooms 15, en-suite 15)  s£60-£70, d£40-£55 pps Nestling near the River Bann, only 12.8 kilometres from the picturesque Causeway Coast. This old inn is Northern Ireland’s 1st golf hotel. We will happily organise golf and fishing packages with professional tuition or you can just enjoy a relaxing break with friendly locals. Warm hospitality and locally sourced fresh cuisine will make your stay enjoyable. Babysitting service available. }FGfC ()%;Gzw!}�kvj x€A [v G

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Lodge Hotel*** Lodge Road, Coleraine BT52 1NF Tel: (028) 7034 4848  Fax: (028) 7035 4555 Email: info@thelodgehotel.com www.thelodgehotel.com (Rooms 56, en-suite 56)  Prices on request.

Bushtown Hotel 283 Drumcroone Road, Coleraine BT51 3QT Tel: (028) 7035 8367  Fax: (028) 7032 0909 Email: reception@bushtownhotel.com www.bushtownhotel.com (Rooms 39, en-suite 39)  Prices on request

The Lodge Hotel is a 3* independent Hotel situated 5 minutes walk from the bustling shopping town of Coleraine, commonly referred to as the ‘Capital of the Causeway Coast’.

Country House Hotel with en-suite bedrooms, leisure complex with swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym, open fires, award winning restaurants, superb hospitality, weekend entertainment and conference facilities.

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Carnadoon*** Margaret Kerr 41a Portstewart Road, Coleraine BT52 1RW Tel: (028) 7035 7492 Mobile: 07754 773173 Email: carnadoonguesthouse@tiscali.co.uk (Rooms 3, en-suite 3)  From s£40, d£27.50 pps Superb modern house with country atmosphere and private parking on the A2 Portstewart Road. Ideal for relaxing, walking, golfing, fishing or activity holidays. Convenient to town centre, marina and university. 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating, Food Standards Agency.

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Quilly Farmhouse Jean Sherrard 23 Green Road, Coleraine BT51 4LX Tel: (028) 7035 7663 Email: jeansherrard@btinternet.com (Rooms 2, en-suite 2)  From s£32-£35, d£26-£28 pps Traditional farmhouse on a 100 acre farm with views of the surrounding countryside and Castlerock. Ideal for touring the Causeway Coast, Roe Valley and Donegal. Closed December.

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Lisnagalt Lodge 108 Ballyrashane Road, Coleraine BT52 2LJ Tel: (028) 7032 8005  Mobile: 07922 212255 Email: lisnagaltlodge@btinternet.com www.lisnagaltlodge.co.uk (Rooms 3, en-suite 3)  From s£28, d£25 pps Spacious family home in a rural location close to Coleraine, Ballymoney and coastal resorts. Convenient to Giant’s Causeway and North Coast attractions. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Private car parking. WiFi available. Iron and ironing board available on request. Biker friendly. We aim to make our visitors feel welcome. Food Hygiene and Customer Care Certificates obtained. }GfC

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Number 10 B&B Mrs Marie Kristine Huybrighs 10 University Park, Coleraine BT52 1JU Tel: (028) 7032 1267  Mobile: 07737 390223 Email: huybrighs_coleraine@yahoo.co.uk www.number10coleraine.com (Rooms 3, en-suite 2)  From s£35, d£25 pps This chalet bungalow is situated opposite the university in a quiet cul-de-sac. This makes it very convenient for visitors of the university. At the same time we are ideally situated to explore the magnificent North Coast, being in the middle between Derry/Londonderry to the west and Ballycastle to the east.

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Heathfield AA**** Heather Torrens 31 Drumcroone Road, Killykergan, Coleraine BT51 4EB Tel: (028) 2955 8245  Mobile: 07745 209296 Email: relax@heathfieldfarm.com www.heathfieldfarm.com (Rooms 3, en-suite 3)  s£40-£45, d£30-£35 pps

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5-star cottage complex in Northern Ireland introduces fully-serviced 1 and 2 bedroom cottages. Guests have the advantage of cottage life combined with hotel service. Only 10 miles from the North Coast, this is a perfect holiday base.

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AA Premier Collection 5 stars, 2011. Award-winning Georgian house including Georgina Campbell’s Farmhouse of the Year Award, 2003. Rooms well equipped with thoughtful extras including complimentary wireless internet access. Good base for touring the North Coast, Giant’s Causeway, fishing or golfing. On B66 just off A29, 7 miles south of Coleraine, 3 miles north of Garvagh.

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Attractive bungalow with private parking in a quiet area, just opposite the Lodge Hotel. Only minutes walk to the town centre, bus/train station and Causeway Hospital. Central for touring the North Coast and Giant’s Causeway. We offer the highest standards of comfort and service. Facilities include residents’ lounge and mature garden. A warm welcome assured. Single room available & biker friendly.

Cloyfin Cottage*** Hugh and Mary Jane Curry 81 Creamery Road, Cloyfin, Coleraine BT52 2NE Tel/Fax: (028) 7034 3472 Mobile: 07780 954713 Email: maryjane@cloyfincottage.com www.cloyfincottage.com (Rooms 2, sleeps 5)  £250-£350 per week

Georgian House built in 1820 on land owned by the Bishop of Londonderry. Childhood residence of Hugh Thomson, illustrator of Dickens and Jane Austin books. Near Giant’s Causeway, Portrush, Rope Bridge, Distillery. 5 minutes’ walk from Coleraine town centre with restaurants nearby. Secure off-street parking. Group bookings, walkers, bikers and cyclists welcome. Internet cafe available. WiFi.

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Large modern house, 3 miles west of Coleraine, on the North Coast. Also offers beauty salon on-site. A true sanctuary, where you can rejuvenate the body and relax the mind. Set in its own country grounds. All bedrooms are comfortable and simply, yet suitably decorated, with fantastic views. Home from home atmosphere. Closed Christmas.

Causeway Holiday Homes *****/**** Trevor Boyce 36 & 52 Cloonavin Green, Coleraine BT52 1RG Tel/Fax: (028) 9447 9806  Mobile: 07802 625511 Email: info@causewayholidayhomes.com www.causewayholidayhomes.com Units 2 (Rooms 3/4, sleeps 5/8)  £250-£499 per week The Mallow: Modern and stylishly furnished 3 bedroom house with en-suite shower room. Enclosed rear garden, private parking, located in a quiet and secure area. Ideally situated to explore Causeway Coastal Route or play on championship golf courses. Joint bookings with ‘Admiral’ for larger groups possible. The Admiral: This spacious and elegantly styled property provides for your every need. It is situated in a quiet and secure location and is an ideal base for visiting world renowned attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway and playing on Royal Portrush Golf Course location of the Irish Open in June this year. }f;(^z^�kgvIIdb G N

A warm welcome awaits you at our modern family-run farmhouse, found in a peaceful rural setting 3 miles south of Coleraine just off the A29. Babysitting and evening meals can be arranged on request. We are convenient to shops, one restaurant located nearby and North Antrim Coast. Closed Christmas.

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The Grange B&B Jan & David Cheal 2e Grange Road, Coleraine BT52 1NG Tel: (028) 7034 4961  Mobile: 07801 808840 Email: jan@thegrangecoleraine.com www.thegrangecoleraine.com (Rooms 5, en-suite 4)  From s£30, d£30 pps

★★★ SELF CATERING

Brown Trout Cottage Suites***** Jane O’Hara 209 Agivey Road, Aghadowey, Coleraine BT51 4AD Tel: (028) 7086 8209  Fax: (028) 7086 8878 Email: jane@browntroutinn.com www.browntroutinn.com Units 4 (Rooms 2, sleeps 8)  £250-£700 per week

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Springwell Manor Health Farm and B&B Jenny Cochrane 7 Ballystrone Road, Macosquin, Coleraine BT51 4JF Tel: (028) 7035 3505  Mobile: 07880 813801 Email: jen@springwellmanor.com www.springwellmanor.com (Rooms 5, en-suite 5)  From s£45, d£35 pps

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Greenhill House AA***** Mrs Elizabeth Hegarty 24 Greenhill Road, Aghadowey, Coleraine BT51 4EU Tel: (028) 7086 8241  Fax: (028) 7086 8365 Mobile: 07719 884103 Email: info@greenhill-house.co.uk www.greenhill-house.co.uk (Rooms 4, en-suite 4)  From s£45, d£35 pps

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Breezemount House 26 Castlerock Road, Coleraine BT51 3HP Tel: (028) 7034 4615  Fax: (028) 7032 8478 Mobile: 07701 071302 Email: admin@breezemount.co.uk www.breezemount.co.uk (Rooms 14, en-suite 14)  From s£25-£30, d£25-£30 pps

Glenleary Farm House*** Ann and Cyril Millar 12 Glenleary Road, Coleraine BT51 3QY Tel: (028) 7034 2919  Fax: (028) 7035 2130 Mobile: 07749 064224 Email: glenlearyfarm@btconnect.com www.glenlearyfarm.co.uk (Rooms 4, en-suite 4)  From s£30-£35, d£27.50-£32 pps

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Kings Country Cottages 66 Ringrash Road, Coleraine, Londonderry BT51 4LJ Tel: (028) 7035 1367  Fax: (028) 7035 1367 Mobile: 07843 384133 Email: office@kingscountrycottages.com www.kingscountrycottages.com Units 7 (Rooms 2/3/4, sleeps 4/8/11)  £300-£500 per week Seven cottages set in a quiet farmyard clachan. Convenient to local beaches and Causeway Coast tourist attractions. Pets welcome. Group bookings accepted. Cottages have been upgraded to include free WiFi and Free-Sat TV. One unit suitable for persons with disabilities. }fC (^z�kF€vII9d bG

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Set in a peaceful location, this self-catering cottage is ideal for those wishing to explore the Causeway Coast or families wanting a quiet base near beaches and local activities. Situated on a farm lane, it is tastefully decorated with an emphasis on comfort. }fC;(^z�€gvIIdb G N

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Twentysix Hostel 26 Mount Street, Coleraine BT52 1HQ Tel: 07849 277798 Email: sleep@backpack26.com www.backpack26.com (Rooms 5, en-suite 2) s£18, d£18 pps

Gortnee Drive ***** 2 Gortnee Drive, Portballintrae Tel: (028) 7084 8698  Mobile: 07899 666155 Email: pat@irelandaccommodation.co.uk www.irelandaccommodation.co.uk (Rooms 3, sleeps 6) £350-£450 per week / £175-£180 per weekend excl. bank hols.

We are an independent Budget Guesthouse and Hostel in Coleraine, on the picturesque north coast of Ireland - the perfect jumping off point for all of Northern Ireland’s tourist attractions including the famous Giant’s Causeway.

3 bedroom detached bungalow - 1 double en-suite, 1 double, 1 twin, bathroom with separate shower, living room, kitchen/dining, utility room and garage. Enclosed private space with BBQ, patio/garden furniture. No Smoking, pets by arrangement. Linen and heat supplied (normal usage). Good housekeeping deposit (refundable). Short breaks available. }fC

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Portree ***** 52 Ballaghmore Road, Portballintrae Tel: (028) 7084 8698  Mobile: 07899 666155 Email: pat@irelandaccommodation.co.uk www.irelandaccommodation.co.uk (Rooms 4, sleeps 8) £450-£595 per week / £225-£250 per weekend excl. bank hols. Detached 4 bedroom bungalow, 2 double bedrooms with en-suites, 2 twin bedrooms, bathroom/shower, dining room, lounge, kitchen. Conservatory, south facing, enclosed garden. BBQ and garden furniture. No Smoking, pets by arrangement. Linen and heat supplied (normal usage). Good housekeeping deposit (refundable). Short breaks available. }fC

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Portballintrae Townhouses***** Gillian Bamber 74/76 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae BT57 8SA Tel: (028) 9269 9849  Mobile: 07799 346779 Email: j-bamber@utvinternet.com Units 2 (Rooms 3/4, sleeps 6/8)  3 bedrooms  £495-£595 per week 4 bedrooms  £695 per week

6 & 7 The Anchorage**** Janette & Martin Maclaine 6 & 7 The Anchorage, Beach Road, Portballintrae BT57 8WF Tel: (028) 2073 2002 Email: martinmaclaine@lineone.net www.portballintrae.org Units 2 (Rooms 4, sleeps 7)  £300-£650 per week

5-star self-catering houses with magnificent sea views across the Atlantic Ocean. Close to the Giant’s Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery and convenient to many top golf courses, including Royal Portrush. Walking distance to the beach, perfect location for family and golfing holidays. Good restaurants near by. If required 4 bedrooms can be provided. 

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Causeway Cottage Portballintrae**** Mr Lyn Fawcett 12 Ballaghmore Cottages, Portballintrae BT57 8RJ Mobile: 07771 537987 Email: info@causewaycottages.co.uk www.causewaycottages.co.uk (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £450-£600 per week Beautiful country views, only half a kilometre from the beach. Luxurious modern townhouse. Large open lounge and dining area. Fully equipped kitchen and laundry room. Patio and barbecue area. Off-road parking and play area.

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Port Four ***** 54 Ballaghmore Road, Portballintrae Tel: (028) 7084 8698  Mobile: 07899 666155 Email: pat@irelandaccommodation.co.uk www.irelandaccommodation.co.uk (Rooms 4, sleeps 8) under contact details and insert £400-£550 per week / £225-£250 per weekend excl. bank hols.

Newly built four bedroomed houses set back from the main road offering partial views of the North Atlantic. The houses are a short distance (30 metres) from Portballintrae Harbour, the sheltered sandy beach and a short coastal walk from the Giant’s Causeway. Ideal for exploring the many attractions and for the golfers there are many links courses nearby including Royal Portrush.

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Glenville Cottages**** Bayhead Road, Portballintrae BT57 8SA Tel: (028) 2073 2233 Email: seymour.sweeney@seaportni.com www.freewebs.com/glenvillecottages Units 6 (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £295-£550 per week Houses with excellent views over the harbour and bay. Equipped and furnished to the highest standards, yet maintaining the traditional fisherman’s cottage exterior. No pets. Non smoking.

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Corner Cottage ***** 2 Ballaghmore Avenue, Portballintrae Tel: (028) 7084 8698  Mobile: 07899 666155 Email: pat@irelandaccommodation.co.uk www.irelandaccommodation.co.uk (Rooms 4, sleeps 8) £400-£550 per week / £225-£250 per weekend excl. bank hols. 2 double en-suite, 1 twin with wash-hand basin, 3 double rooms, 2 shower rooms. Living room, snug, dining room, kitchen/dining, utility. Master bedroom with en-suite jacuzzi bath. Enclosed south facing garden. Barbecue/patio, garden furniture. No smoking, pets by arrangement. Private parking. Linen and heat supplied (normal usage). Good housekeeping deposit (refundable). Short breaks available.

The Golfview**** Susan McMaster 4 Bushfoot Cottages, Bushfoot Drive, Portballintrae BT57 8YW Tel: (028) 9060 5630  Mobile: 07739 012256 Email: mcmastersusan@hotmail.com www.thegolfview.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 5)  £450-£575 per week

No 20*** 20 Lissanduff Park, Portballintrae BT57 8RY Tel: (028) 4461 3415 Mobile: 07771 886482 Email: tom_anella@hotmail.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  Prices on request

Modern townhouse with stunning ocean+golf views furnished in contemporary style to high standard. Located in a courtyard setting with own parking. Overlooking Runkerry Head and Bushfoot Golf Club, direct access to scenic walks incl Giant’s Causeway. Well equipped kitchen/dining area, French Doors to enclosed rear garden. Upstairs living area with Gas Fire. Ideal family accommodation with Sky, DVD.

Detached 3 bedroom bungalow with OFCH. Sleeps 6, suitable all year round. Garden, BBQ, parking. A short walk to beach, restaurants, harbour, playground, tennis courts. Near Dunluce Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Royal Portrush and Bushfoot Golf Clubs. Ideal for touring the beautiful North Coast, Glens of Antrim, ideal for fishing and walking. No smoking. No pets.

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Causeway Coast Cottages - 53 Ballintrae**** Mrs Denise Henry 53 Ballintrae Park, Portballintrae BT57 8YN Tel: (028) 9268 2581  Mobile: 07773 627387 Email: info@causewaycoastcottages.com www.causewaycoastcottages.com (Rooms 2, sleeps 6)  £255-£475 per week

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Cranfield Self Catering Alison Algeo 86 Ballaghmore Road, Portballintrae BT57 4RL Tel: (028) 2766 3147  Mobile: 07764 853100 Email: thealgeos@btinternet.com (Rooms 4, sleeps 6)  £250-£450 per week

Well-furnished, comfortable, 2-bedroom house with sea views. within easy walking distance of beaches and restaurants. Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Distillery within 1.5 miles. Sky HD TV, DVD and video, wireless broadband internet access. Patio with garden furniture and gas barbecue. Welcome pack provided.

Detached traditional seaside cottage in heart of village. Large garden and off street parking with gates. Open fire in living room and central heating. Electric radiators available upstairs. 2 bedrooms, bathroom and separate electric shower room on ground floor. 2 more bedrooms upstairs and cot available. No bunk beds! 50 yards from beach. Popular with families and well behaved pets welcome.

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Alt-Na-Craig 65 Beach Road, Portballintrae BT57 8RT Tel: (028) 2073 1278 (Rooms 7, sleeps 12)  Prices on request

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Drumlee Janette & Martin Maclaine 53 Beach Road, Portballintrae BT57 8RT Tel: (028) 2073 2002 Mobile: 07502 016099 Email: martinmaclaine@lineone.net www.portballintrae.org (Rooms 3, sleeps 8)  £300-£650 per week Modernised three storey house offering magnificent sea views of the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal and the Isle of Islay. The three en-suite bedrooms sleep 8 guests and all have free satellite TV’s. Across the road, the sandy beach with rock pools is safe for paddling and bathing. The BBQ patio at the front is ideal for watching the sunset over the ocean. fC ;(^EF€gvII9d  b

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Harbour View Mr & Mrs Ginty 3 Bayhead Apartments, Bayhead Road Portballintrae BT57 8RZ Tel: (0152) 6352 857  Mobile: 07764 201775 Email: bainfarm@aol.com www.harbourview-giantscauseway.com (Rooms 2, sleeps 4)  £400-£440 per week First floor luxury apartment. Unrivalled views of Antrim Coast line and Portballintrae Harbour. One of only 6 purpose-built units, superb location. Lounge/dining area/ kitchen, overlooking the sea. Furnished in a contemporary design. TV, DVD, washer dryer, microwave, central heating. Short breaks available low and mid season. }C;(^zEF€vII9db G 

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MacCool Cottage - Number 29**** Gregg Shannon 29 Benbane Park, Portballintrae BT57 8BP Tel: (028) 9268 2380  Mobile: 07801 131626 Email: jamesshannon@btinternet.com www.maccoolcottages.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £290-£500 per week

Sea Breeze Cottage Mrs Campbell 14 Ballaghmore Cottages, Ballaghmore Road Portballintrae BT57 0RD Tel: (028) 9332 3626  Mobile: 07979 548327 Email: dnlddcam@aol.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 5)  £450-£600 per week

Victoria Cottage 48 Benbane Park, Portballintrae BT57 8BP Tel: (028) 9066 6400  Fax: (028) 9019 0426 Mobile: 07799 647694 Email: info@victoriaapartments.co.uk www.victoriaselfcatering.com (Rooms 4, sleeps 8)  From £600 per week

Wee Bush Gemma Shields 45 Bushfoot Road, Portballintrae BT57 8RR Tel: (028) 9042 7629  Mobile: 07720 416893 Email: gemma@morzineskichalets.com www.causewayaccommodation.com (Rooms 2, sleeps 5)  £260-£450 per week

Excellent 4-star property with a clear view of the Causeway. One en-suite bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms with shared bathroom. Short breaks available September - June (excluding Bank Holidays and special events).

Cottage type property in Portballintrae Village. Two-storey, mid-terraced cottage. Three bedrooms (1 en-suite) including double bed settee upstairs. Separate bathroom with bath and shower. Oil-fired central heating, upstairs living accommodation with separate utility room. Garden furniture, games for children and wetsuits all available. Ideal holiday home for families.

Outstanding luxury accommodation, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, free phone, broadband, wireless internet, Sky and 42” TV. Picnic tables and seats provided in garden. The house is only minutes from the beach.

Charming holiday cottage in popular Portballintrae situated opposite Bushfoot Golf Club, just a minutes walk from the beach, 15 minutes coastal walk from Giant’s Causeway and 10 minutes by foot to Bushmills. A new fully equipped kitchen, double room and kids room with single bed & bunks, cosy sitting room with Sky TV and Gas fire. Private garden with BBQ. Perfect for children & dog friendly.

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Ramada Portrush*** 73 Main Street, Portrush BT56 8BN Tel: (028) 7082 6100 Fax: (028) 7082 6160 Email: info@ramadaportrush.com www.ramadaportrush.com (Rooms 69, en-suite 69) s£69-£179, d£35-£90 pps The award-winning Ramada Portrush is situated in the centre of Portrush, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Ideal base for visiting the Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery or the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Excellent golf courses nearby including Royal Portrush (Home of the Irish Open 2012), Portstewart and Castlerock. Ramada Medallia Award Winner 2011 - guest satisfaction. Gf(%;Gz�kvjxIA[v

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Inn on the Coast 50 Ballyreagh Road, Portrush BT56 8LT Tel: (028) 7082 3509 Fax: (028) 7082 1232 Email: info@innonthecoastportrush.com www.innonthecoastportrush.com (Rooms 29, en-suite 29)  s£59-£179, d£35-£90 pps

Magherabuoy House Hotel 41 Magherabuoy Road, Portrush BT56 8NX Tel: (028) 7082 3507  Fax: (028) 7082 4687 Email: enquiries@magherabuoy.co.uk www.magherabuoy.co.uk (Rooms 55, en-suite 55)  Prices on request.

Inn on the Coast Portrush, situated on the Coast Road, between Portrush and Portstewart. The ideal base for visiting the Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery or the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Excellent golf courses nearby including Royal Portrush (Home of the Irish Open 2012), Portstewart and Castlerock.

A family owned hotel which is situated on the fabulous North Antrim Coast just a few miles from the Giant’s Causeway and with views over Donegal, the Skerries and the Atlantic Ocean.

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★★★★ LICENSED GUEST INN Adelphi Portrush**** 67-71 Main Street, Portrush BT56 8BN Tel: (028) 7082 5544 Email: stay@adelphiportrush.com www.adelphiportrush.com skype: adelphiportrush (Rooms 28, ensuite 28)  s£55-£105, d£28-£65 pps

Atlantic Hotel Bushmills Road, Portrush BT56 8JQ Tel: (028) 7082 6611  Fax: (028) 7082 6615 Email: info@hotelportrush.com www.hotelportrush.com (Rooms 16, en-suite 16)  s£30-£45, d£30-£45 pps

Adelphi Portrush offers 28 individually designed luxury en-suite bedrooms, a fully licensed Bistro, Health Suite including Sauna, Spa and Steam room, lift to all floors, in-house spa treatment room, a large lounge and dedicated staff that will help make your stay more enjoyable. FREE high speed WiFi! This is an ideal venue for golfers, families, couples, tourists, business and conference groups.

The recently renovated Golf Links Hotel, situated directly opposite the Royal Portrush Golf club is located just 5 minutes out of town. It is an ideal base from which you can visit the Causeway Coast’s main attractions, beaches and golf courses. Lively and modern bar and bistro, sheltered terrace garden and secure parking.

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Situated overlooking the harbour town of Portrush and its famous Royal Portrush Golf Club. A fully licensed restaurant offering lunch & evening menus served daily. Open all year, the hotel offers the perfect base not only for golfing, fishing and water sports, but for those who wish to explore the Causeway Coast including the legendary Giant’s Causeway and the famous Bushmills Distillery. }Gf()%;Gz�kvjx€[v

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Royal Court Hotel*** 233 Ballybogy Road, Portrush BT56 8NF Tel: (028) 7082 2236  Fax: (028) 7082 3176 Email: info@royalcourthotel.co.uk www.royalcourthotel.co.uk (Rooms 18, en-suite 18)  Prices on request

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Beulah Guesthouse*** / AA*** Rachel Anderson 16 Causeway Street, Portrush BT56 8AB Tel: (028) 7082 2413 Email: stay@beulahguesthouse.com www.beulahguesthouse.com (Rooms 11, en-suite 9)  s£35-£65, d£33-£45 pps

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Aaranmore Lodge 14 Coleraine Road, Portrush BT56 8EA Tel: (028) 7082 4640  Fax: (028) 7082 4640 Email: aaranmore@talk21.com www.accommodation-northernireland.com (Rooms 5, en-suite 5)  d£35-£45 pps

Rooms 9 en-suite bedrooms. A warm welcome awaits our guests. Minutes walk from train/bus links, beaches, superb restaurants and Royal Portrush Golf course. Short drive to Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery, Giant’s Causeway, Rope Bridge and Mussenden Temple. Private secure parking to the rear of the premises. WiFi internet.

Aaranmore Lodge is in a prime location on A29 with easy access to amenities of Portrush, and tourist attractions of Ireland’s North Coast, such as Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Bushmills Distillery, only minutes from Portrush Golf Club. Superking and twin rooms all en-suite, TV, Radio, Hair dryer, Tea/Coffee and alarm clock. Ironing facilities, Free WiFi and parking.

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Anvershiel*** Mrs Erna Bow 16 Coleraine Road, Portrush BT56 8EA Tel: (028) 7082 3861 Email: enquiries@anvershiel.co.uk www.anvershiel.co.uk (Rooms 6, en-suite 6)  Prices on request. Quiet family run 3 Star B&B with spacious en-suite rooms all with Free WiFi and Free private 0ff-street parking. Convenient to Blue Flag sandy beaches and all local amenities. Royal Portrush GC host to the 2012 Irish Open and Rathmore GC home to Graeme McDowell, 2010 US Open Winner are less than 1 mile away. We are also in close proximity to Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle. }FG()%;�ExA[v^

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Harbour Heights 17 Kerr Street, Portrush BT56 8DG Tel: (028) 7082 2765 Mobile: 07895 866534 Email: info@harbourheightsportrush.com www.harbourheightsportrush.com (Rooms 9, en-suite 9)  s£35-£60, d£30-£50pps

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Albany Lodge 2 Eglinton Street, Portrush BT56 8DX Tel: (028) 7082 3492 Email: albanylodge@hotmail.co.uk www.albanylodge.net (Rooms 9, en-suite 9)  From £30pp Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, White Rocks beach and the Skerries, Albany Lodge is situated in the centre of Portrush, close to the bustling harbour, restaurants and nightlife. Within 5 minutes’ walk of 2 Blue Flag beaches, and the world-renowned Royal Portush Golf Course. Bed and breakfast and dinner packages available.

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Linksview B&B 8+8a Bushmills Road, Portrush BT56 8JF Tel/Fax: (028) 7082 3769 Email: bookings@linksviewportrush.co.uk www.linksviewportrush.co.uk (Rooms 6, en-suite 6)  Prices on request.

Friendly, family atmosphere awaits you when you arrive at Harbour Heights. We are conveniently located close to all of Portrush’s main amenities, attractions, transport links, shops, restaurants and amusement parks. We are a non-smoking premises and also offer free WiFi to our guests. All rooms are en-suite. Bicycle hire available.

Linksview is a luxurious bed & breakfast accommodation, ideally situated, overlooking the Royal Portrush Golf Club. Ideal for golfers and tourists looking for luxury accommodation, offering spectacular panoramic views of the fairways of Royal Portrush Golf Club. Linksview is located on the Causeway Coastal Route, five minutes from Dunluce Castle, beautiful beaches and many tourist attractions.

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Maddybenny Farmhouse**** Karen White 18 Maddybenny Farm, Portrush BT52 2PT Tel: (028) 7082 3394  Fax: (028) 7082 2177 Mobile: 07714 247560 Email: beds@maddybenny.com www.maddybenny.com (Rooms 3, en-suite 3)  From s£60, d££35 pps Award-winning B&B, one large double bedroom, two large family rooms all en-suite/showers. Extensive breakfast menu. Family focused. Family room with snooker table, Sky TV, WiFi. Children’s play area, BHS riding school on site. Convenient to golf courses, beaches, Giant’s Causeway and University. Self catering cottages also on site, can cater for weddings and family reunions. }Gf()%;z�kx€A[vG^

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Beaches Rhonda Torrens 122 Coleraine Road, Portrush BT56 8HN Tel: (028) 7082 4887  Email: beachesbandb@yahoo.co.uk www.beachesbedandbreakfast.net (Rooms 3, en-suite 3)  From s£25, d£25 pps Beaches is a small, quiet, family run B&B located approx. 1km from Portrush town centre, offering double and family en-suite rooms with TV and tea/ coffee facilities and off-road secure parking. We are conveniently located close to all the north coast tourist attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Distillery and are approx. 1 mile from the famous Royal Portrush Golf Club. }FGf(%;E€[vG

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Prospect B&B Mrs Alva Wilson 20 Lansdowne Crescent, Portrush BT56 8AY Tel: (028) 7082 2299  Mobile: 07783 782126 Email: unwind@prospecthouse.biz www.bedandbreakfastportrush.co.uk (Rooms 10, en-suite 9)  s£27-£31, d£27-£31 pps Relax and unwind in our B&B with outstanding views of the Atlantic Ocean. Perfect holiday base when visiting the Causeway Coast. Friendly, family atmosphere, offering every home comfort with excellent cuisine. En suite rooms, TV, tea/coffee making facilities plus internet access available on request. Close to tennis courts, bowling green and Royal Portrush Golf Course. Closed Christmas. Gf(%;�ExA[

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Ramona Robert & Jennifer McKibbin 8 Ramore Avenue, Portrush BT56 8BB Tel: (028) 7082 4734 Email: stayramona@gmail.com www.ramonalodge.com (Rooms 10, en-suite 8)  s£30-£35, d£27.50-£30 pps

Fairmount Coast Cottage***** Joanne Robinson 14 Morrison Park, Portrush BT56 8HZ Mobile: 07808 596605 Email: info@fairmountcoastcottage.co.uk www.fairmountcoastcottage.co.uk (Rooms 4, sleeps 8)  £750-£920 per week

Fairmount Coast Lodge***** Joanne Robinson 12 Morrison Park, Portrush BT56 8HZ Mobile: 07808 596605 Email: info@fairmountcoastlodge.co.uk www.fairmountcoastlodge.co.uk (Rooms 4, sleeps 8)  £610-£780 per week

Straid Coast Bungalow**** Lesley 17 Magheramenagh Park, Portrush BT56 8SS Mobile: 07879 436668 Email: les@straidcoast.com www.straidcoast.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £320-£460 per week

Family-run house overlooking the recreation grounds, close to the harbour and with sea views. Comfortable accommodation with double/family rooms. This is a quiet location yet close to all town centre amenities. There is ample parking in Ramore Avenue.

Fairmount Coast Cottage is a luxurious five star NITB certified four bedroomed self-catering establishment in Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Fairmount Coast Lodge is an ideal base for touring the North Antrim coast which is an area of unsurpassed beauty. It provides luxurious and stylish accommodation to easily sleep six adults and two children.

Luxurious 3-bedroom spacious bungalow, 10 minutes walking distance from Portrush West Strand Beach. Enclosed back garden with patio. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac, close to shop and restaurant.

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La Mouette***** Dorothy McCullough 12 Magherabuoy Drive, Portrush BT56 8GP Tel: (028) 2586 1258  Mobile: 07712 185713 Email: contact@cedor.co.uk www.portrush.cedor.co.uk (Rooms 4, sleeps 7)  £350-£680 per week Spacious and luxurious detached accommodation with open fire and conservatory. Enclosed south facing back garden and downstairs bedroom with en-suite. Three reception rooms. Close to beaches, entertainment facilities, supermarkets. Central location for exploring the North Coast. Situated in a cul-de-sac with ample off road parking for three to four cars. Secure, free WiFi is provided. }fC 9db

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Ashlea Bungalow**** Anne Millar 39 Magheraboy Road, Portrush BT56 8MX Tel: (028) 2766 6616  Mobile: 07719 320933 Email: ataf.millar@btinternet.com (Rooms 4, sleeps 8)  £285-£485 per week This is an ideal location for family holidays, Golfers, Surfers, Walkers, Weekend breaks away and attending local Weddings. Full facilities include a Sitting room leading to large Sunroom with patio doors, large bright kitchen, 4 roomy bedrooms, two upstairs and two downstairs, garage and patio with spacious garden. Bathrooms include an en-suite and two separate bathrooms. }fC ;(^zEF€gvII9d bG N

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Strathroy Mews Holiday Homes***** 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 Strathroy Mews, Portrush BT56 8QP Tel: (028) 2588 0408  Fax: (028) 2588 0408 Mobile: 07748 986305 Email: info@strathroymews.co.uk www.strathroymews.co.uk Units 5 (Sleeps 4-8)  £250-£695

Maddybenny Mews Holiday Cottages*****/**** 18 Maddybenny Farm, Portrush, Coleraine BT52 2PT Tel: (028) 7082 3394  Fax: (028) 7082 2177 Mobile: 07714 247560 Email: cottages@maddybenny.com www.maddybenny.com Units 8 (Rooms 3/4, sleeps 8/9)  £350-£850

Situated on the corner of the Ballywillan Road and just a few minutes walk to the East Strand beach, town centre and Royal Portrush golf course, Strathroy Mews Self Catering Holiday Homes offer luxurious accommodation in a superior position. A selection of thoughtfully designed houses and apartments are offered, all of which are equipped and finished to an exceptional standard and quality.

NITB 2011 Award winning Maddybenny Mews has 8 well appointed custom built cottages set in a rural location with mature gardens, children’s play area. Free car parking, free WiFi. BHS riding school and farmhouse B+B on site. Ideal for family weddings, reunions and sporting groups. Family orientated. 2 miles from beaches, golf courses. 20 minutes from Giant’s Causeway.

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Ashlea Cottages**** Tom & Gail Houston 39 Magheraboy Road, Portrush BT56 8NX Tel/Fax: (028) 7082 2779  Mobile: 07973 110056 Email: info@ashleacottages.com www.ashleacottages.com Units 7 (Rooms 2/3, sleeps 4/6/8)  £350-£650 per week

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Sand & Sea Self-Catering**** 12 Magheramenagh Park, Portrush BT56 8SS Mobile: 07729 277490 Email: drumduff23-wood@yahoo.co.uk www.sandandseaportrush.co.uk (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £395-£500 per week

Family run, NITB 4 star, excellently appointed cottages in beautiful rural setting overlooking Portrush (3/4mile) and central to Causeway Coast area. Full facilities on site plus children’s play area, trampoline, 9-hole putting course and tennis court. Laundry & Free Hi speed WiFi. Full wheelchair facilities in 2 cottages. Beaches (1m), Golf (1m), Giant’s Causeway (4m), Shops & restaurants (300yds-1mile).

Portrush-Holiday Home. Just off the Coleraine Road in Portrush. Bungalow in quiet, residential cul-de-sac. 2 double bedrooms & 1 twin bedroom. 4*NITB certified. Available all year round. Ideal accommodation for family holiday in Portrush/Portstewart. Central base for tourists visiting the North Antrim Coast. Great location for walkers, cyclists and golfers: Royal Portrush only a few minutes drive.

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The Cottage & The Chalet at Corvally**** 40/42 Corbally Road, Portrush BT52 2LZ Tel: 07855 788665 Email: corvally@aol.com  www.corvallyportrush.co.uk Units 2 (Rooms 2/3, sleeps 4)  £350-£400 per week Chalet: Situated in quiet countryside just a couple of miles from Portrush, this modern Chalet with sea views, provides excellent accommodation for up to 4 people. It has an open planned living room, dining area and fully equipped kitchen, leading out to a patio. There is a log burning stove in the living area. Cottage: Stay in the country but be close to the seaside! Country cottage, situated in a beautiful rural setting overlooking Portrush and with views of the sea and the Donegal hills. It is central to the Causeway Coast area, with Portrush just 2 miles away. Full facilities, large bright kitchen, lounge, sitting room, 3 bedrooms (1 double, 2 single). Ample parking. No smoking. }f;(^zvIIb

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Luxury holiday home ideally situated on the Coast Road between Portrush and Portstewart with sea views. Golf course and restaurants nearby. All mod cons. Secure garden with patio area, off-road parking. Convenient to beaches and all Causeway attractions. No smoking, no pets.

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Seaview Mews Ruth 11 Ballyreagh Road, Portrush BT56 8QE Tel: (028) 9442 9054  Mobile: 07712 822731 Email: roughlane@hotmail.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £400-£500 per week

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UlsterCottages.com**** 32 Ballywatt Road, Coleraine BT52 2LT Tel: (028) 2074 2276 Mobile: 07921 867787 Email: ann@ulstercottages.com www.ulstercottages.com Units 6 (Rooms 3, sleeps 6) £325-£545 per week Set in rural tranquil surroundings along the spectacular North Coast these properties have much to offer including flat screen TVs in all rooms, Scandinavian Styled Kitchen and cosy wood burning stove. Ground Floor The Lounge /kitchen/diner, double Bedroom and bathroom. First Floor double bedroom (dressing room) with en-suite shower room, twin room with en-suite shower room. }f b

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26 and 26a Princess Street*** 26 Princess Street, Portrush BT56 8AX Mobile: 07881 782181  Mobile: 07850 377367 Fax: (028) 2582 2397 Email: info@selfcateringportrush.co.uk www.selfcateringportrush.co.uk Units 2 (Rooms 4, sleeps 7/8)  From £400 per week 26: Spacious apartment with large living room, large kitchen and dining room. The flat has 3 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom, 2 of the double bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms the other 2 bedrooms share a shower room. 26a: Newly refurbished flat in a good central location in Portrush, overlooking the tennis courts at Ramore head. The flat has a large living area and fully equipped kitchen. There are 4 large bedrooms, 3 doubles and 1 twin,2 of the bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms, the other 2 bedrooms share a bathroom.

Bellemont Cottages*** Greer Auld 8 Islandtasserty Road, Portrush BT52 2PN Tel: (028) 7082 3872 Units 2 (Rooms 2/3, sleeps 3/6)  £350-£450 per week

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Two country cottages situated 2 miles from Portrush and Portstewart and 10 miles from Causeway. Attractively furnished and fully carpeted. Oil fired central heating, fully equipped kitchen, with colour TV and bed linen supplied. Large garden with parking. Closed November - April.

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Links View*** Lorraine Tennant 15 The Links, Portrush BT56 8SX Tel: (028) 9020 7915 Mobile: 07809 593209 Email: lorraine.tennant@ntlworld.com (Rooms 4, sleeps 8)  £350-£750 per week

The Huston Farmhouse Portrush*** Adrian Huston 67 Atlantic Road, Islandtasserty, Coleraine BT52 2PY Tel: (028) 9080 6080  Fax: (028) 9047 1630 Mobile: 07974 912832 Email: hustonfarm@btinternet.com  www.hustonfarm.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 5)  £400-£750 per week

Dunluce Self Catering*** Wilbert McCartney 32 Eglinton Street, Portrush BT56 8DX Tel: (028) 7034 4400  Mobile: 07801 531008 Email: sales@wjmccartney.com Units 3 (Rooms 1/3/4, sleeps 4/6/7)  From £345 per week

Situated directly on the world famous Royal Portrush golf course - home club to Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke. Short walk to golf club, East Strand beach, Arcadia play area, restaurants and shops. Offers free WiFi and modern facilities including drying-room/ storage. Airports and sea terminals within easy reach. Property also suited to families.

As seen on BBC TV news: http://youtu.be/ZYHet6bPBVQ Stay in a traditional Irish farm. Luxury whitewashed cottage set in 50 acres. WiFi. 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Pets welcome. Under floor heating and multi-fuel stove. Sole property set amongst traditional whitewashed farm buildings. See Trip Advisor reviews. Rates and availability on www.hustonfarm.com. Situated on North West 200 route at Mathers.

Situated in Portrush within walking distance to the beach, town centre, bus and train station. The apartments have been recently renovated to an extremely high standard. Apartments C and D have sea views to the rear overlooking Donegal.

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Galgorm House***/** Colette & Philip 117 Eglinton Street, Portrush BT56 8DZ Mobile: 07881 782181  Mobile: 07850 377367 Fax: (028) 2582 2397 Email: galgormapartments@hotmail.co.uk www.galgormapartments.co.uk Units 3 (Rooms 2, sleeps 4) £300-£500

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Atlantic View Lisa Paul 45 Causeway Street, Portrush BT56 8AD Tel: (028) 2074 2244  Mobile: 07900 516230 Email: lisamarypaul@gmail.com (Rooms 5, sleeps 8)  £300-£600 per week

Forty Winks Albert Beattie 34 Portstewart Road, Portrush BT56 8EQ Tel: 07789 862492 Email: beattiealbert@gmail.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 4)  £350 per week

Modern apartments, finished to a very high standard. West Strand beach is just across the road and all good restaurants, bars etc are a 2 minute walk away. The apartment is located very close to the centre of town and just across from the train station.

This spacious, mid terraced house with 5 bedrooms has been modernised throughout. French windows lead from the first floor lounge onto a patio area which enjoys magnificent uninterrupted sea views along the East Strand and towards the White Rocks. Atlantic View provides private parking, and is an excellent location convenient to all North Antrim coastal attractions.

3 bedroom end terraced house situated on the Portstewart Road, Portrush. 2 minute walk to West Strand Beach and 5 minutes to town centre. Close to Railway Station and bus stops, the famous Portrush Golf Course & restaurants nearby. All mod cons including free WiFi & off-street parking. Booking periods are Saturday to Saturday in July & August except by prior arrangement, other dates negotiable.

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Northgate Eleanor Beggs 13 Old Coach Road, Portstewart BT55 7BX Tel: (028) 7083 2497  Mobile: 07989 739413 (Rooms 3, en-suite 3)  From s£35, d£30 pps

Ard Na Tra Eileen Brolly 9 Seaview Drive North, Portstewart BT55 7JY Tel: (028) 7083 2768  Mobile: 07742 057939 Email: ardnatra@lineone.net http://website.lineone.net/~ardnatra (Rooms 3, en-suite 3)  s£37.50-£50, d£32.50-£44 pps

Carnalbanagh House Shaun & Irene Moore 192 Coleraine Road, Portstewart BT55 7PL Tel: (028) 7083 6294  Mobile: 07798 702977 Email: carnban@gmail.com www.carnban.com (Rooms 7, en-suite 7)  s£40-£45, d£25-£30 pps

A family home situated in a quiet cul-de-sac off Strand Road with magnificent sea views from first floor bedrooms. All rooms have colour TV, hair-dryer, clock radio and tea/coffee making facilities. One ground floor room with level access. External access via ramp. Private car parking. All attractions the beautiful seaside resort of Portstewart has to offer are within 10 minutes walking distance.

Detached residence in quiet country surroundings. Panoramic views of River Bann Valley, Donegal Hills and Mussenden Temple. Only 1.5 miles from the seaside resort of Portstewart. Convenient to University of Ulster. 7 spacious en-suite rooms including 2 large family rooms and 1 ground floor room equipped with fridge, flat-screen TV/DVD player. WiFi, DVDs and toys available. Credit cards accepted.

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Quiet, family-run home, close to all amenities and ideally situated for visiting the North Coast, Glens, Giant’s Causeway and Londonderry, convenient for Donegal. Enclosed parking and magnificent sea views. One bedroom with its own private sitting room. Good restaurants nearby and transport available by request. Please phone to check availability.

Portrush Pad Andrew Kennedy 8 West Strand Avenue, Dhu Varren BT56 8FG Tel: 07545 188549 Email: andyk74@live.co.uk www.portrushpad.co.uk (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £400-£500 per week

Puzzle Cottage Alastair Chambers 59 Loguestown Road, Portrush BT56 8PD Mobile: 07968 081444 Email: puzzlecottage@hotmail.co.uk www.puzzlecottage.co.uk (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £300-£650 per week

Portrush Holiday Hostel 24 Princess Street, Portrush BT56 8AX Tel: (028) 7082 1288  Mobile: 07881 782181 Email: info@portrushholidayhostel.co.uk www.portrushholidayhostel.co.uk (Rooms 6, en-suite 6)  Beds £12.50-£17 s£25-£30, d£17-£20 pps

Wanderin Heights Eileen Robinson 12 High Road, Portstewart BT55 7BG Tel: (028) 7083 3250 Email: info@wanderinheights.com www.wanderinheights.com (Rooms 5, en-suite 5)  From s£30-£40, d£25-£30 pps

Heather Cottage***** Heather Barr 5 Aghermore Drive, Portstewart BT55 7QQ Tel: (028) 2564 3434  Mobile: 07889 466990 Email: mail@heathercottageportstewart.co.uk www.heathercottageportstewart.co.uk (Rooms 3, sleeps 5)  £395-£575 per week

6 Millstone Court**** Mrs B Gillespie 6 Millstone Court, Lissadell Avenue, Portstewart BT55 7GT Tel: (028) 9039 7732 Mobile: 07547 495881 Email: beverley@optiquesight.com (Rooms 5, sleeps 9)  £350-£450 per week

This luxury 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment is situated in Rinagree, Portrush. The site is strategically located at West Bay beach facing the promenade and just a short walk into town and the harbour area with its long established restaurants, bars and leisure facilities. This 3 bedroom apartment sleeps 6 and is just a short walk from Portrush and the West Strand beach.

Spacious, family friendly, stone built cottage in a beautiful setting overlooking rolling fields 1mile from Portrush. Beautifully presented, large living area with log burner, kitchen opening onto sunroom, ground floor twin en-suite bedroom. First floor 2 bedrooms, 1 with en-suite, further separate bathroom. Stair gates, cot and highchair for the wee one. Fully enclosed secure patio and gardens with BBQ. Short breaks avail.

A very welcoming home with relaxed atmosphere, close to all town centre amenities including Waterworld, harbour, tennis, bowls, park, pub, clubs and restaurants.

Family run with beautiful sea views, close to the promenade, golf, restaurants and shops. Ideally situated for visiting the Giant’s Causeway and North Coast. Garage available for bicycles and motorcycles. Use of email and internet on premises. Quality, comfort and good service guaranteed. A warm welcome awaits all. WiFi access available.

Within easy walking distance of Portstewart’s famous strand and promenade, this luxury bungalow has all modern conveniences, including WiFi, Sky digital and DVD. Courtyard with flower beds and a log cabin complete with tables and chairs. Enjoy a truly relaxing holiday and beautiful scenery on Ireland’s famous North Coast.

Luxury 5 bedroom (4 double/1 single) townhouse. Bathroom en-suite and downstairs WC. Convenient to golf courses, beach and all good restaurants. Oil fired central heating, plus full kitchen and laundry conveniences. Price includes all bed linen, heat and electricity. Minimum stay 7 nights (Saturday to Saturday). Patio/Barbecue area to rear. Non smoking. No pets.

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Carrick Dhu Caravan Park**** 12 Ballyreagh Road, Portrush BT56 8LS Tel: (028) 7082 3712 www.colerainebc.gov.uk 44 touring, 20 tents, 393 static sites (none for hire) Open April - end September

Anchorage Inn*** 87 The Promenade, Portstewart BT55 7AG Tel: (028) 7083 2003  Fax: (028) 7083 4508 Email: info@theanchorbar.co.uk www.theanchorbar.co.uk (Rooms 20, en-suite 20)  Prices on request.

Caravan Park having 44 Touring Sites with electricity, 20 tent sites without electricity. Situated on North Coast close to main resorts. Golf, fishing, surfing and boating within short distance. WiFi available. Online bookings now available via www.colerainebc.gov.uk

Central location for Portstewart’s picturesque promenade and amenities. Each room has under floor heating. Guests have free access to all entertainment. The Inn incorporates the award-winning Anchor Bar & Skippers Restaurant: County Derry Pub of the Year/ Taste of Ulster Award for the restaurant (FRLT/Taste of Ulster, 2011-2012).

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Cul-Erg House**** Marie Maguire 9 Hillside, Atlantic Circle, Portstewart BT55 7AZ Tel: (028) 7083 6610  Mobile: 07703 629571 Email: welcome@culerg.co.uk www.culerg.co.uk (Rooms 10, en-suite 10)  s£35-£40, d£35-£40 pps

2 Portmore Court**** Kerry Dunlop 2 Portmore Court, Portmore Road, Portstewart BT55 7BE Tel: (028) 2587 9230  Mobile: 07764 831163 Email: kerry_dunlop@yahoo.co.uk www.portstewartapartment.co.uk (Rooms 2, sleeps 4)  £350-£450 per week

Grange House**** Anne Marie and Padraic Tunney 22 Old Mill Grange, Portstewart BT55 7GD Tel: (028) 2954 1219  Mobile: 07707 638847 Email: grangehouseportstewart@yahoo.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 5)  £320-£400 per week

Cul-Erg offers stylish modern 4 star accommodation. Situated 2 minutes from Portstewart Promenade. Close to all restaurants, golf courses and beaches. Short drive to all tourist attractions. Ground floor en-suite available. Guest lounge. Free WiFi. Private parking, secure garage and drying room. Credit cards accepted.

A bright and modern 2 bedroom apartment (2 double rooms) with balcony overlooking Atlantic Ocean. A fantastic sea view. Fully equipped with private parking and all mod cons. Very central to Portstewart Harbour, golf courses and the Causeway Coast. Strictly no smoking, no pets.

14 Ard Na Mara**** 14 Seaview Drive North, Portstewart BT55 7JY Tel: (028) 7083 2768  Mobile: 07742 057939 Email: ardnatra@lineone.net http://website.lineone.net/~ardnatra (Rooms 4, sleeps 10)  £380-£650 per week The 4 bedroom (two en-suite) plus two separate shower rooms with toilet and hand basin, split level house, has magnificent sea views and is situated off Strand Road in Portstewart sleeps 10+2 babies. A short walk approx 5-10 mins takes you to all amenities the beautiful seaside resort of Portstewart has to offer eg. The Promenade, restaurants, pubs, shops, Golf courses, beach and children’s parks.

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Rosevale**** Mrs Ann Barnes 33 Station Road, Portstewart BT55 7HH Tel/Fax: (028) 8676 2802 Email: enquiries@rosevaleni.co.uk www.rosevaleni.co.uk (Rooms 4, sleeps 6)  From £350-£450 per week

This cottage style detached bungalow with a modernised immaculate interior has everything you need for your self-catering holiday. Accommodation is tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard, with a private enclosed back garden complete with patio furniture and BBQ. Kinvara is located in a quiet residential area approx. a 5 min walk to Portstewart Strand and golf course.

Beautiful chalet bungalow situated in a quiet but central residential area of scenic Portstewart. Fully equipped for all your needs - a real “home from home’. Ideal for families and older persons. Strictly no smoking or pets.

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Tranquility**** 4 Aghermore Close, Portstewart BT55 7QL Tel: (028) 7963 4104  Mobile: 07730 931600 Email: dchambers@talktalk.net (Rooms 3, sleeps 5)  £375-£450 per week Luxury bungalow finished to the highest standards. Ideally situated for visiting some of the most beautiful scenery on the Causeway Coast. Convenient to golf courses and beaches. Fully equipped for family holidays including travel cot, highchair and full laundry facilities. Enclosed rear garden with furniture provides secure play area. Totally non-smoking. Quiet location.

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3 & 5 Old Coach Road*** Louie Ballantine 3 & 5 Old Coach Road, Portstewart BT55 7BX Tel: (028) 7964 4207  Fax: (028) 7964 4669 Email: louie_jjbins@yahoo.co.uk Units 2 (Rooms 3/4, sleeps 6/7)  From £400 Beautiful bungalows on an elevated site, overlooking the sea. Within easy reach of promenade and local amenities such as golf, tennis courts and play park. Also close to the popular Morelli’s ice-cream parlour (10 minutes).

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Kinvara Cottage**** Lynne Devenney 6 Royal Avenue, Portstewart BT55 7LE Tel: (028) 7083 3567  Mobile: 07802 565852 Email: kinvara@live.co.uk www.kinvaracottage.co.uk (Rooms 3, sleeps 5)  £310-£440 per week

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2c Portmore Road Alan & Jayne Clements Portmore Road, Portstewart BT55 7BE Mobile: 07828 026827  Mobile: 07778 275755 Email: alanx.j.clements@gmail.com (Rooms 2, sleeps 4)  From £400 per week

6 Burnside Mews Jim Kelly 6 Burnside Mews, Mill Road, Portstewart BT55 7BH Mobile: 07876 566476  Mobile: 07876 685219 Email: jimkelly49@ymail.com (Rooms 6, sleeps 7)  From £390 per week

Tara Cottage is a luxurious bungalow finished to the highest standards in scenic Portstewart. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac with a private enclosed back garden and a patio with gas BBQ overlooking the countryside. The large kitchen is fully equipped and TV’s with Sky are in the living rooms and bedrooms. There are 3 bedrooms, 1 en-suite with a main bathroom off the hall. Now on Facebook. WiFi available.

NITB approved 3rd floor apartment with Ocean views, providing great access to Portstewart promenade and sea front, 5 min walk. It’s a great base from which to explore all the spectacular sights of the North coast. Balcony overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, 30 metres from waters edge. Equipped for all your needs, will sleep 4 comfortably. Come and enjoy a great break.

Burnside Mews is a small cul-de-sac development off the Mill Road in Portstewart. The area is quiet and within walking distance of the Promenade, Strand and Portstewart Golf Course. For those who wish to go further afield public transport is close at hand. Six bedrooms, bathroom, shower room and en-suite. Patio, large garden, off street parking. Oil fire central heating.

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Mussenden View Mrs Cloke 5a Old Mill Grange, Portstewart BT55 7GD Tel: (028) 9042 4600  Mobile: 07811 982249 Email: gillian.cloke1@btinternet.com (Rooms 5, sleeps 10)  £400-£430 per week

6a Station Road*** B Wilson 6A Station Road, Portstewart BT55 7DA Tel: (028) 2582 1198  Mobile: 07855 211038 Email: betty_wils@hotmail.com (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £375-£400 per week Ground floor apartment. Situated at end of Station road beside York Hotel. Outstanding sea views over golf course. Enjoys beautiful sunsets over Donegal on summer evenings. Located in a quiet neighbourhood. Beside bus stop for local routes. Has internet connection and work station. Restaurants only a very short walk away.

Five bedroomed house in Portstewart. An ideal base from which to enjoy Portstewart and the North Coast attractions. Master bedroom with en-suite plus 4 bedrooms all with double beds. Separate bathroom, shower room. Down stairs toilet. Small garden at front and rear with dedicated parking. (WiFi available on Pay As You Go). Please contact the premises for availability and prices.

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No. 20 Burnside Mews*** David & Vicky-Leigh Young 20 Burnside Mews, Portstewart BT55 7BH Tel: (028) 9447 9822  Fax: (028) 9447 9822 Mobile: 07710 113097 Email: burnsidemewsholidayhomes@hotmail.co.uk (Rooms 5, sleeps 10)  From £490 per week

1 Seafield Park Geoff McKinney 1 Seafield Park, Tullaghmurry East, Portstewart BT55 7JU Tel: (028) 9065 5437  Mobile: 07854 049828 Email: mckinneygeoffrey@gmail.com www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p895810 (Room 3, sleeps 6)  £375-£550 per week

Close to championship golf facilities, fishing, water and equestrian sports and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Modern house and well equipped. Four bedrooms (1 en-suite), 2 doubles and 2 singles. Separate dining room. Three bathrooms. Price includes heating and electricity. LCD television CD player, DVD. Linen available on request. Enclosed garden. Car parking. Closed October - Mid-June.

Luxury detached 5-bedroom house with sun room. Ground floor bedrooms and toilet facilities. Enclosed garden and patio to rear of house. Strand beach and town centre within easy walking distance. FreeView and DVD player installed. Closed September - June. BBQ and BBQ area available.

This 3 bedroom, semi-detached house is tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard. The living/ dining area has an open fire, with fuel, comfy seating for 6 for both relaxing and dining. 2 double beds and bunk beds, travel cot available. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything a home needs. Access to garage for storage. Secure rear garden. Very easy walking distance to Promenade.

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Tara Cottage**** Rosemary 4 Garrylaban Court, Portstewart BT55 7FN Tel: (028) 2586 1128  Mobile: 07719 582172 Email: taracottage@btinternet.com www.taracottage.info (Rooms 3, sleeps 5)  £275-£495 per week

29 Old Mill Grange*** 29 Old Mill Grange, Portstewart BT55 7GD Tel: (028) 7083 1950  Fax: (028) 7083 1951 Mobile: 07834 339745 Email: admin@northcoastpropertymanagement.co.uk www.northcoastpropertymanagement.co.uk (Rooms 4, sleeps 6)  From £385 per week

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West Ave Robert & Maggie Robinson 20 West Avenue, Tullaghmurry East, Portstewart BT55 7NB Tel: (028) 9186 1010  Mobile: 07860 476113 Email: robert@therobinsonhome.plus.com www.holidayhomeireland.eu (Rooms 3, sleeps 6)  £345-£475 per week West Ave is a spacious & comfortable holiday home with sea views, an easy walk to stunning beaches, the town centre restaurants and friendly bars. A large living/dining area & conservatory, separate lounge, modern kitchen, 2 large double bedrooms (1 en-suite) & 1 twin easily caters for 6 people (linen provided). A perfect location close to a range of top golf courses or to explore the Antrim Coast. }fC ;(^zEF€gvII9d b G N[

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Beech Green Paul and Anne Stewart 33 Millstone Park, Portstewart BT55 7HL Tel: (028) 9077 5938  Mobile: 07732 803653 Email: mapstewarts@fsmail.net (Rooms 2, sleeps 4)  £250-£300 per week Excellent 2 bedroom, ground floor apartment. 1 bathroom plus en-suite. Situated centrally to Portstewart Promenade, Strand Beach and Portstewart Golf course. Only available 1st June - 7th September 2013.

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Rick’s Causeway Coast Hostel 4 Victoria Terrace, Portstewart BT55 7BA Tel: (028) 7083 3789 Email: rick@causewaycoasthostel.fsnet.co.uk www.rickscausewaycoasthostel.com (Bedspaces 33, en-suite 9)  From £13 dorm bed The hostel has a mixture of rooms suitable for individual backpackers, couples, families and small groups. Terraced house on seafront on the ColerainePortstewart bus route. Coleraine rail station is 3 miles and there is a direct bus link to major attractions from the hostel. Waymarked walks, golf, pony trekking, scuba diving and sea angling. Kitchen and laundry facilities also available. }FG(;^zv

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Juniper Hill Caravan Park*** 70 Ballyreagh Road, Portstewart BT55 7PT Tel: (028) 7083 2023 www.colerainebc.gov.uk 80 touring, 5 tents, 422 static sites (none for hire) Open April - end September Situated on the main A2 Coast Road, one mile east of Portstewart, this site offers splendid views, modern facilities. Golf, fishing, boating and horse riding all within a short distance. WiFi available. Online bookings now available via www.colerainebc.gov.uk

Coleraine Tourist Information Centre Railway Road, Coleraine BT52 1PE T: 028 7034 4723 E: info@northcoastni.com Open Monday–Saturday 9am–5pm Portrush Tourist Information Centre 10 Sandhilll Drive, Portrush BT56 8BF T: 028 7082 3333 E: portrushtic@btconnect.com Seasonal opening

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Trains run regularly between Belfast Central - Coleraine - Derry, with connecting trains from Coleraine to Portrush. Please note that the Coleraine-Londonderry line is closed for upgrading and refurbishment until April 2013 – please check www.translink.co.uk for latest news.

Leaving Belfast on M2 Northbound, exit M2 at Junction 1 and follow A26 to Coleraine. A26 concludes at Lodge Road Roundabout from where directional signage for the main towns of the Coleraine Borough can be found. From the West The area can be accessed via the A2 Londonderry-Limavady road. From Limavady follow the A2 coastal route to Coleraine via Castlerock or the A37 mountain road to Coleraine. From the South Visitors travelling from the South of the Province should follow the main arterial A29 route via Armagh and Cookstown. Follow directional signage to Coleraine. Translink operate regular bus services throughout Northern Ireland and across the border.

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High speed trains also run regularly between Belfast and Dublin. Belfast Central Station T: 028 9066 6630 Coleraine Translink Station T: 028 7032 5400

By Sea Stena HSS T: 08705 707 070 Stenaline operate the following services: Cairnryan - Belfast / Liverpool – Belfast P&O Irish Ferries T: 08716 646 464 P&O operate the following services: Cairnryan-Larne / Troon-Larne (seasonal)

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Northern Ireland’s premier holiday resort, Portrush has everything needed for a break away. Home to the highly acclaimed Royal Portrush Golf Club, the resort also offers a host of activities for all the family. A days fishing or sightseeing can be organised on a local charter boat, and surfers can enjoy the consistent North Atlantic swell off two spectacular award winning beaches. There really is something for everyone to enjoy from the picturesque harbour surrounded by restaurants, wine bars and pubs to the beautiful, sandy beaches that stretch for miles.

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Portstewart has been popular as a holiday resort since the early 1900s. The famous promenade which runs along the shore provides spectacular views across the North Coast to the Inishowen Peninsula. Follow the winding cliff path and stroll along the sweeping two-mile stretch of the Portstewart Strand. Browse in the colourful, art galleries; craft and gift shops, or enjoy an afternoon’s golf, tennis or bowls; or simply watch the world go by from one of the famed ice-cream parlours, cafes, pubs or restaurants.

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Coleraine Coleraine is the principal town on the Causeway Coast. Situated on the banks of the River Bann, it boasts an attractive, pedestrian area with award winning floral displays. Soaked in history, with charm and character, the town offers a unique mix of old and new.

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Rathlin Island

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www.northcoastni.com www.facebook.com/northcoastni Disclaimer: The information in this guide is given in good faith on the basis of information submitted to Coleraine Borough Council. Coleraine Borough Council cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information in this Guide and accept no responsibility for any error or misinterpretation. All liability for loss, disappointment, negligence or other damage caused by the reliance on the information contained in this Guide, or in the event of bankruptcy or liquidation of any company, individual or firm mentioned, or in the event of any company, individual or firm ceasing to trade, is hereby excluded. Photography by: Northern Ireland Tourist Board Tourism Ireland National Trust Paul Beattie Photography Causeway Coast and Glens Tourism

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