FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS.
On a wee peninsula, stretching out to sea from the northern-most tip of Northern Ireland, sits the beautiful resort town of Portrush. Once a small fishing village, Portrush has since become a popular holiday destination. Flanked by glorious beaches, this seaside gem is nestled along the legendary and very majestic Causeway Coast in County Antrim, where landscapes are so dramatic they don't hold anything back. Where history looms at every turn. And where everything seems to be perched precariously on the edge of the majestic craggy coastline the region is famous for.
The area is also steeped in myth and legend, of battling giants and clashing clans. Storied castle ruins and mysterious geological wonders. Step into the Mussenden Temple, an architectural stand-out for this part of the world. Inspired by a temple in Italy, it overlooks a spectacular seven-mile beach, a location featured in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Tour Ireland’s oldest working distillery, the Old Bushmills Distillery, perfecting their Irish whiskey on this site since 1608. Brave the Carrick-a-rede bridge, explore the ruins of Dunluce Castle, and take in the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. The limestone cliffs and soft sands of the award-winning Whiterocks Beach stretch for miles, a popular spot for watersports, horseback riding, hiking, and surfing.
In Portrush, stroll past rows of pastel colored houses on seafront Kerr Street, the fishing boats of Portrush Harbour, and Barry's Amusements, the largest amusement park in Northern Ireland. Main Street is lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and iconic historic buildings to frequent. This truly magnificent part of the world has lots of stories to tell. But for the best ones, be sure to pop into a local pub.
Northern Ireland's most famous landmark and only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway is an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. Clusters of more than 40,000 near-perfect basalt hexagonal columns, reach like stepping stones into the wild waters of the North Atlantic. Legend tells us it was formed at the hand of a giant, Finn MacCool, but we now know its origins are thanks to volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Stop by the state-of-the-art visitor’s center, an architectural treasure in and of itself, or hike one of four stunning trails, suited to every ability.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Brave the creaky wooden slats of the famous Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, high above the swirling waves below, the stunning and exhilarating path to a wide-open view of Rathlin Island and Scotland. The 20-metre-high rope bridge, a precarious 30-metre link to the tiny island of Carrick-a-rede, has been a crossing for more than 350 years. First installed by salmon fishermen in 1755, the bridge was used for generations to access the island and migrating salmon.
Northern Ireland is full of castles and towers but perhaps none as intriguing and breathtaking as the iconic ruins of Dunluce Medieval Castle, perched dramatically on the edge of a coastal cliff high above the sea. Cross the draw-bridge and go back in time, to around 1500, when the castle was built by a powerful Irish noble. Imagine a history full of intrigue, feuding families, uprising, and takeover by mercenaries. And a myth of the kitchen falling into the sea. Explore the mystical Mermaid Cave, carved in the cliffs below.
Portrush, Northern Ireland At a glance