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 Portstewart. To help you make friends with Portstewart before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Located on the country's magnificent Causeway Coast, Portstewart, County Derry, Northern Ireland, is a classic holiday destination. It is very popular with beachgoers and surfers during the summer. The authentic wild nature with a rocky coast, a very long scenic beach, and some beautiful coastal paths attract most visitors. Along the coast, there are several points of interest, such as the historic ruins of the Dunluce Castle that are definitely worthwhile to visit. As you are in Northern Ireland, you cannot expect hot summer days. Mostly, the maximum daily temperature ranges from fourteen to nineteen degrees Celsius between May and September, the period when most tourists come to Portstewart.
Keep in mind that particularly in July and August, many tourists stay in this town and there are not many options for a Portstewart, County Derry, Northern Ireland hostel. Your Portstewart, County Derry, Northern Ireland hostel can be booked out very quickly, so plan in advance if you want to stay in a Portstewart, County Derry, Northern Ireland hostel or any inexpensive guesthouse in town. If you cannot find a place to stay, there are several other coastal towns with hostels, apartments, and guesthouses along the coast. Portrush is very close and it takes only ten minutes by car to get there. In Portrush, there is also a train connection to Belfast. Portrush and Portstewart are linked by public bus services that run very frequently.
The town offers sports enthusiasts all sorts of activities. The Portstewart Golf Club has three different courses, whereas the Strand Course is the highlight of the club due to its particular quality and scenery. Hikers enjoy the numerous coastal walks surrounded by wild nature and the endless beaches -- the more than three-kilometre or two-mile-long beach Portstewart Strand is the highlight of the town and the reason for many tourists to visit this area.
Do not forget to visit Dunluce Castle, which is around a fifteen-minute drive along the coast near Portrush. The castle is situated on a cliff, offering a beautiful view on the ocean. It was built in the sixteenth century by the McDonnell family; this iconic ruin is one of the biggest of its kind in Ireland. They charge entrance fees and the castle is open all year round. The Mussenden Temple near Castlerock, approximately a twenty-five-minute drive, is another worth-seeing point of interest. This circular temple was built on a cliff with a scenic view of the sea. Nearby, there is the abandoned Downhill House from the eighteenth century. Both sites are part of the National Trust property.
Written by local enthusiast for Portstewart hostelsFlo