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Enjoying a distinctly upmarket feel and blessed with a fabulous beach that sits proudly in a list of the top 10 most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland, Portstewart is a much-loved holiday destination that appeals to people of all ages.
If you want to make the most of your stay in the resort and enjoy everything it and the rest of County Londonderry has to offer, you should consider treating yourself to a stay in one of the four star hotels in the area. By spending that little bit extra you’ll be guaranteed a well-appointed room and a chance to enjoy some fine food in your hotel restaurant. You are also likely to have easy access to some excellent leisure, fitness and spa facilities.
Many of Portstewart’s plusher hotels are located in enviable positions, either on or near the seafront, in the centre of town or in pretty rural locations on the outskirts of the resort. Wherever you stay, if you are in a four star hotel you’ll leave Northern Ireland feeling relaxed and refreshed and you’ll be taking lots of unforgettable memories home with you.
The star attraction in Portstewart is a fabulous two-mile stretch of beach that pulls in more than 180,000 visitors every year. Enveloped by a long crescent-shaped promenade enclosed by rocky headlands, Portstewart Strand is a massive hit with families looking for a bucket and spade break and surfers who want to take on the Atlantic’s wild waves. Running between the town and the mouth of the River Bann, the strand has zoned areas for watersports and an impressive visitor centre operated by the National Trust, which owns and manages the Blue Flag beach.
A designated Area of Special Scientific Interest, Portstewart Strand has a dune system which is home to many species of rare butterflies and orchids which can be viewed from waymarked trails, while the best ocean views can be enjoyed from a coastal path that runs across the clifftops. The route takes in historic battlements and an imposing Gothic mansion before reaching Barmouth, where the Bann flows out into the Atlantic.
Northern Ireland is a hugely popular destination with golfers wanting to play some of the world’s finest courses. County Derry is home to some of the best in the country - Portstewart Golf Club boasts a championship links course and Royal Portrush Golf Club is the only one in Ireland to have hosted the Open Championship. Another classic links challenge can be found at Castlerock Golf Club.
There is so much to enjoy in County Derry whatever your reason for visiting, whether it’s a golfing or surfing holiday, family break or romantic getaway. If you choose to stay in a four star hotel you’ll be able to explore everything it has to offer safe in the knowledge that, at the end of the day, you’ll be returning to luxurious surroundings where rest and relaxation is at the top of the menu.