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Portrush, Northern Ireland
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Cycling to Portrush

 

Photo by J. Bewley, courtesy of Sustrans

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 but 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.
Getting There
 
Portrush is located in Northern Ireland's County Antrim. The nearest airport is in Belfast, 60 miles or 97 km to the south. NI Railways connects Portrush to Belfast several times daily. The journey is roughly 100 minutes. UlsterBus and the seasonal Antrim Coaster Bus Service connect Portrush with North Coast sights including Dunluce Castle and Giants Causeway.
Getting Around
 
Portrush is easily navigated on foot. Most hotels, sights and restaurants are within walking distance of the center. Portrush is on the Coastal Coast Cycling Route and Causeway Coast Way, two of Northern Ireland's most notable trails. The Coastal Coast Cycling Route is a 23-mile bike route on quiet roads and traffic-free cycle paths. The route begins in Castlerock and ends in Giants Causeway. The Causeway Coast Way is a 33-mile waymarked hiking trail. The route begins in Portstewart and ends in Ballycastle.
When to Travel
 
The climate of Northern Ireland is temperate marine and the one certainty about the weather is variability. The average annual temperature range is 16° C or 28° F. It rains, on average, more than 200 days a year. It's possible to experience a multitude of seasons in single day. The warmest months are June through August with an average high temperature of 18° C or 64 ° F. The coldest months are January and February with an average low of 2° C or 36° F. The driest months are April and May, the wettest December and January. Pack for all seasons in summer and plan to dress in layers whether traveling in June or January.
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Things to Keep in Mind
 
Portrush boasts a broad choice of restaurants and cafes; most are family-friendly but there are no real standouts.
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