A Guide to the Coastal Town of Portstewart
Based along the north coast of Ireland, the seaside town of Portstewart has made a name for itself with its epic views across the Atlantic Ocean, golden-sanded beach, links golf course, tempting restaurants and friendly locals.
For those fortunate enough to take a trip to Portstewart, below is a guide to help you make the most out of your time there.
Journey to the north coast as part of our Drive Ireland series and discover the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle and Carrick-a-Rede Bridge.
Image courtesy of Failte Ireland.
Explore by Foot
Portstewart is best explored by foot, with a beautiful walk along the town’s stunning ‘cliff path’ towards Portstewart Strand, a much-loved beach. Along the path is The Paper Fig, a small yet cosy café, that provides a welcome break with its mouth-watering menu, speciality coffees and views overlooking the ocean.
At Portstewart Strand itself, a further walk along the beach towards the Barmouth (almost two miles one way) will do wonders for the soul.
Things to Do in Portstewart
Golf enthusiasts will love the challenge of golfing at Portstewart Golf Club, a club that is home to three 18-hole links golf courses and a host of the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open in 2017. The views across the golf course, nearby River Bann and Portstewart Strand are hard to beat. Once players finish their game they can enjoy a drink in the club lounge that overlooks the Strand.
Hiring a bicycle is a great way to get around the town and to explore further sights along the coast. Causeway Cycle Adventures has a range of modern bikes that are available all year round and can be delivered straight to visitors’ accommodation.
For fans of deep-sea diving, Portstewart has its own diving centre, Aquaholics, which organises diving trips to reef and shipwreck sites within Portstewart and further along the coast. The company also provides certified diving courses and boat tours for those wanting to stay at sea level.
Depending on the swell, the Strand can be a fantastic place to surf, providing much quieter waters than neighbouring beaches. Longline Surf School is a local surf school that offers regular lessons along the beach.
Portstewart has a good selection of 3 to 5-star rated accommodation, several of which have sea views and brimming breakfast menus to enjoy. There is the option of booking accommodation near the town’s stunning beach, or close to its promenade, where shops and cafes (and ice cream!) are within walking distance.
Eating and Drinking
Portstewart has an impressive selection of good restaurants that are spread across the town. Take for instance the much-talked-about Harry’s Shack, a laidback restaurant, with daily fresh fish and seafood specials, and an outdoor seating area overlooking the beach. On the other side of the town is Amici’s, an Italian restaurant with equally impressive views and a menu that includes stone-baked pizzas, pasta dishes and salads. Tucked away in the middle of the town is Manina and its wide selection of adventurous meat and vegetarian dishes, as well as an exciting cocktail and ‘mocktail’ menu.
For breakfast, lunch or a light bite to eat, either 3hree Kings, Morelli’s, Bob&Bert’s or Warke’s Deli, modern cafes sat along Portstewart’s promenade, will fill a spot with their different freshly cooked meals and sandwiches, and a wide selection of sweet treats, teas and coffees.
As featured in our “15 Great Irish Pubs to Grab a Pint in Over Summer”, The Anchor is one of Portstewart’s most well-known pubs and is popular with locals and visitors alike. Another favourite is Shenanigans, with a cocktail bar and upstairs nightclub that is popular with younger crowds on weekends. For a few laid-back drinks, the Portstewart Arms, or the ‘Top House’, as it is locally known, is a good place to watch live sport and to mingle with the locals.
For such a small town, Portstewart provides a wealth of activities and stunning scenery for those visiting. Hopefully, this guide will be a great help as you plan your trip.
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