Antrim is a historically rich market town in Northern Ireland, which offers a beguiling mix of all of the different aspects which help to make Ireland such a magnet for tourists visiting from all over the world.
Whether you’re looking for a good time amid the bright lights of Belfast, the chance to explore the countryside immediately surrounding the city, or intend to set off and explore the rugged beauty of the beaches along the Antrim coast, you’ll be able to find accommodation which perfectly fits the bill.
Accommodation in Antrim
As befits the range of options on offer in Antrim, the accommodation you can stay in varies widely in type and price range. Some people might opt for the luxury of a country lodge with rooms overlooking the stunning waters of Lough Neagh, while families might want a cosy, traditional guesthouse in the centre of town, within easy walking distance of the many attractions. If you’re using Antrim as a base from which to explore the beaches of the fabled Antrim coast, then a bed and breakfast, inn or hotel on the edge of the town, within easy reach of the A26 heading north, will offer the most convenient solution.
Beaches Around Antrim
By staying in a hotel or guesthouse on the outskirts of Antrim, you’ll be within 40 miles of the legendary Antrim Coast Road. This scenic route, taking the A2 road as it winds past stunning spots such as Ballygally, Carnlough and Waterfoot, is one of the most famous and spectacular drives in the world and it also offers the chance to explore the wild and unspoiled beaches you’ll find along the way.
The Best Beaches Around Antrim
The choice of which is your favourite Antrim beach will depend upon exactly what you’re looking for. While many of the beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status for their cleanliness, some have more facilities than others and some offer amenities such as water sports equipment and the presence of a promenade and pier.
West Strand Beach
West Strand beach is a resort beach in the heart of the seaside town of Portrush. It has a busy harbour at the northern end and a promenade designed for use by pedestrians and cyclists alike. Facilities nearby include restaurants, amusement arcades and coffee shops, and a lifeguard service is provided during the peak season of July and August.
Also close to Portrush, Whiterocks is an unspoiled haven for watersports enthusiasts, keen to take advantage of the crystal clear waters and equipment which can be hired on the beach. The gorgeous surroundings and clear sweep of the beach also make it a popular spot for walkers and people exercising horses.
Whitepark is a spectacular sandy beach stretched between two headlands close to Ballintoy. The fact that it is situated in a relatively secluded spot means that it doesn’t get crowded, even on the sunniest days, and the dunes behind the beach are a haven for wildlife of both the bird and animal variety.