Fantastic location and a really beautiful apartment.I will be back again.
Best hotel , great service , fabulous food , huge thanks to semus for making us feel at home x
The b&b was lovely, staff are so helpful and always had a smile on their face. very clean, fresh and modern room.
The classy Victorian coastal resort of Portstewart is home to one of the top 10 most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland - a glorious two-mile stretch of sand that is hugely popular with families and surfers alike. Whether you’re armed with a bucket and spade for a bargain break with the kids, or a surfboard and wetsuit for an action-packed holiday in the waves, you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to finding the ideal place to stay. The resort and surrounding area is home to a range of hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts as well as holiday homes, cottages, self-catering apartments and hostels.
With its expansive, crescent-shaped promenade sheltered by rocky headlands, Portstewart is one of the most affluent towns in Northern Ireland. It was a popular holiday destination among the Victorian middle classes and it still enjoys a distinctly upmarket feel.
Star of the show is Portstewart Strand, a fabulous beach that attracts more than 180,000 visitors every year. It runs between the town and the mouth of the River Bann and has zoned areas for watersports and an impressive visitor centre operated by the National Trust, which owns and manages the beach itself. The strand holds a coveted Blue Flag in recognition of its high standards of safety, cleanliness and facilities and excellent water quality. Cars can be taken onto and parked on the sand, a long-standing tradition the trust allowed to continue when it took over the beach in 1980.
It is also important when it comes to nature conservation and is a designated Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is home to a dune system covering some 180 acres which was formed about 6,000 years ago and reaches heights of up to 30 metres in places. Neolithic pottery, bronze pins and Roman jewellery have been found in the area and many species of rare butterflies and orchids can be viewed from waymarked trails.
Portstewart has an attractive promenade looking out across the wild Atlantic, but 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, known as O Hara’s Castle, which is now used as a Dominican college.
The path takes you as far as the Barmouth, where the Bann flows out into the Atlantic. The river is a sanctuary for waders, wildfowl and nesting birds and beyond Barmouth lie Castlerock, the Mussenden Temple and two more excellent beaches - Benone Strand and Magilligan Strand.
With its stunning beach, upmarket reputation and abundance of pubs and restaurants, Portstewart is the perfect place to base yourself if you’re planning a holiday in Northern Ireland. Thanks to the excellent range of hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts in the area it won’t take you long to find the perfect place to stay and you’ll soon be looking forward to sinking your toes into the sand on Portstewart Strand.
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