This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Portrush. To help you make friends with Portrush before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
One of the few places along the Causeway Coastal area in Northern Island that is home to hostels, Portrush is a great small town to set down some roots for a couple of days to properly explore the area. It is only a short drive away from the Giant's Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is the most famous thing to do in Northern Island and a must-see if you are in the country. Much of this area was used to film "Game Of Thrones" and you can do tours of the different locations. Dunluce Castle is set in a spectacular location on the coast and is well worth a look. The Carrick-a-rede rope bridge is also worth a visit while you are exploring the Causeway.
Portrush itself is situated on the coast, however you cannot swim in the beaches here, as the shores are very rocky. They are great to enjoy from the parklands that align them and are quiet and peaceful. The beach is only a short walk from the main shopping strip, where you will find a small supermarket store that has basic groceries and supplies during your stay in Portrush. You can also find some restaurants and take-away shops along the street, but they will close early, so it is best to not leave it too late to get to them if you need anything. There are two very large gaming arcades along the main street here as well if you feel like reliving your childhood a little.
As it is such a small town, the hostels in Portrush are within walking distance of the main street and you will find getting around quite easy. If you have a car, there is ample parking about the town, otherwise you can get to Portrush on public transport from Belfast.
Written by local enthusiast for Portrush hostelsGlobetrotter