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Portrush, Ireland

 
The Northern Ireland community of Portrush is a North Coast seaside resort. And while not the quaintest town in Country Antrim, this once safe harbor and fishing village is ideally positioned and offers a wide range of family-friendly facilities. Situated on a mile-long peninsula, Portrush boasts exceptional views of Donegal, Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway. It's flanked on two sides by broad golden sand beaches, West Strand and Curran Strand (East Strand). The blue flag beach at White Rocks is just 2 miles distant. Dunluce Castle, Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge are ... Read Morebut minutes further. The Coastal Zone, as the Portrush Countryside Centre is known, is great rainy day alternative. Barry's Amusements, an 80 year old institution, is an integral piece of the North Coast experience. Walking and cycling are great ways to explore the region. Skimboarding and surfing are popular beach activities.
Cycling to Portrush

Cycling to Portrush

J. Bewley courtesy Sustrans

Portrush Countryside Centre

Portrush Countryside Centre

Rebecca Allen

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Rebecca Allen

 
History & Culture
 
Portrush, from Port Rois meaning landing place on the promontory, had its heyday in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the early 19th century, this naturally protected port quickly developed into a major shipping and commercial center. With the arrival of the railroad in 1855, the sea facing town grew to be a fashionable seaside resort. It became a lifeboat station in 1860. And enjoyed a great building spree that lasted through the early 20th century.
History of Portrush
North Antrim
Maps
 
Online maps are a great travel planning resource and a great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Use online maps to pinpoint your family travel destination and get a lay of the land. Use interactive maps of Northern Ireland to locate a city, street or attraction and create an itinerary.
Maps of Northern Ireland
NITB (PDF)
OSNI Map
Books
 
Books are a great way to introduce young children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. We've compiled a list of books about Ireland and books by Irish authors for children of various ages and with varying interests. Find classics, adventure stories, historical novels and Irish myths. Discover books by Irish authors including Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. What better why to begin a journey that a trip through literature?
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Books by Irish Authors & about Ireland
Music & Sound
 
Music is a great way to introduce children to Irish culture. Get the lyrics to traditional Irish songs and download or listen to Irish folk music online. Discover the author of your favorite Irish ballads and folk songs written throughout the centuries. Find Irish songs for kids and children's nursery rhymes.
Irish Songs & Folk Music
The Information about Ireland Site
Contemplator
Irish Children's Songs
Mama Lisa's World
News
 
Read Irish newspapers online and, in addition to brushing up on Irish current events, find out what's happening in Belfast and Dublin and discover what the Irish are reading about. There's a wealth of insight in the newspaper as well as listings of local happenings.
Kids' Stuff
 
Online resources make learning lots of fun. Did you know that the Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle? Do you have any idea why? Did you know that leprechauns are solitary creatures? Or that the Irish phrase meaning I'm hungry is Tá ocras orm? How in the world is that pronounced? Use online resources to learn words and phrases in Irish. Find fun facts about Ireland and get Irish trivia. Test your knowledge before you depart and again when you return. Print the information you find fascinating and take it with you on your family trip. Explain your findings to your family members and use the things you learn to make your travel scrapbook really cool.
Irish Folklore
Lady Anna's Pages
Fun Facts & Trivia
FunTrivia
KlickThis.com
Irish Words & Phrases
Irish-Sayings.com
Coloring Pages
Coloring.ws
Organizations
 
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as a means to get involved. Learn more about a few of the organizations working to protect the Ireland's landmarks as well as the local environment.
Preserving Cultural Landmarks
National Trust
UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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