We hope you enjoy the sights
Portrush has a lot to offer during your stay with fantastic views over the north coast and activities that show you even more. Here are some of our best loved things to do.
Local Golf Courses
Royal Portrush Golf Club is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world, the Dunluce Links, and the hidden gem, the Valley Links. Both of these fantastic courses are on the atlantic coast with sand dunes and wild winds providing evem the most seasoned of golfers a real challenge. Royal Portrush is a members club which welcomes visitors all year round to face the challenges of its courses and to brave the testing conditions.
Watersports and outdoor activities
Close to Anvershiel House are two wonderful beaches The White Rocks East Strand and The West Strand both great for a leisurely stroll or having fun in the sand. At the West Strand Alive Surf school offer lessons for everyone over 5 and have specialist equipment for anyone with a disability to enjoy a 2 hours surfing the Atlantic waves. Stand up Paddle boards can be rented from surf shops on the main street and are a great way to explore the coastline and Portrush harbour.
Coastal Walking Paths
As Lonely planets number one place to visit in 2018 now is the time to explore the northern Ireland coast like never before with lots of beautiful peaceful beaches such as Portstewart Strand and Portbalintrae close by as well. why not visit the tranquil setting that is Ballintoy harbour, which was also used as a filming location for the HBO hit show Game of Thrones.
From Anvershiel House you can walk or cycle along the coastal path to Portstewart town and enjoy a Morelli's ice cream on The Prom or take a walk around the peninsula of Portrush and Ramore head, with views of The Skerries Islands and Scotland if your lucky.
Located on the coast road between Portrush and Bushmills is the iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle which bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim by the MacQuillan family around 1500. In the 17th century Dunluce was the seat of the earls of County Antrim and saw the establishment of a small town in 1608. Visitors can explore the findings of archaeological digs within the cobbled streets and stone merchants’ houses of the long-abandoned Dunluce Town. The dramatic history of Dunluce is matched by tales of a banshee and how the castle kitchens fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639.
Carrick-a-Reed Rope Bridge
The Rope bridge is 7 miles from the Giants Causeway and is a great adventure for all the family, connected to the cliffs by a rope bridge across the Atlantic Ocean, Carrick-a-Rede Island (home to a single fisherman's cottage) is the final destination. Suspended almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen 350 years ago.
A short drive or by using local transport links is the natural wonder that is the Giants Causeway, Ireland's only World Heritage site and one of the most popular tourist attractions. It got the name as legend states that the pillars are the ruins of a causeway built by a giant called Fionn MacCool as he challenged a Scottish giant. This is a must see when in the area with stunning views from the top of the cliffs and a new state of the art visitor centre.
For more information about the area have a read of Rick Steves Explore Irelands North Coast