Causeway Coast Independent Hostel, Portstewart

Atlantic Circle
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Nice and cozy, clean but improvised, Free Wi-Fi

Rick's Hostel is a typical Hostel for real backpackers. It is clean but not a high standard Hostel. Repairs are done in an improvised way, which give the Hostel a look as if it isn't so clean, but it definitely is clean and tidy. Rick is a very nice guy, who is always up for a chat. There is a huge kitchen and dining room with free Wi-Fi and a cozy living room with a fireplace and TV. The Promenade with shops and Restaurants is right around the corner and to the bus stop it's just a one minute walk. (If you are traveling by bus make sure there is a bus going. There are only a few buses a day.) Good place to stay at for visiting the area -- Bushmills, Portrush, Rope-Bridge, Giant's Causeway.


Great place!

Quiet place to spend the night since it was during the off season. Signage for the hostel could have been better, but they were in process of doing some general maintenance. Owner was very nice and accommodating. His volunteer staff was great. Room was clean, had the entire dorm to myself. Nothing to complain about. 5-10 minute walk to the town centre, restaurants and shopping. Worth it.


Nice hostel, great owner

the owner was very nice and accommodating. the hostel is right off the bus stop and close to everything in town. there was a common room with lots of books and a kitchen for guest use. we got a private room. everything about the hostel was good, it wasn't the cleanest but it wasn't too bad.


Excellent hostel, very friendly and accommodating. Well equipped kitchen and sitting room. Rick has furnished the place like a home more than a hostel. Brilliant location in the lovely town of Port Stewart.


Three of us stayed here on Good Friday, and we managed to have an eight-bed dorm room to ourselves. It was very clean, and the staff extremely friendly. Bathrooms were also clean but the showers weren't too great, hot but not much pressure. They even lent a towel since we'd forgotten one. Cant really say much about the actual town, it was all closed and very quiet on Good Friday, we had a meal and then went to bed. But liked that the hostel was quite close to the sea.

L Hill

I stayed in Rick's place about 12 years ago. I loved it because of its lovely atmosphere. Now I am no longer a backpacker anymore but I will be back in Eire in September with my son Oisn and I would love to come back!!


I spent one day in the hostel... Very good owner and his wife. Besides, there is a very nice view of the ocean. I hope I come back to the hostel once again.


Rick's Causeway Coast hostel is a wonderful place to stay. Rick and Kasha, the owners, will greet you with a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits by their coal fire in the cozy sitting room. Their plants, books, and homey clutter will make you feel like you are right at home. At the time of this review, Rick and Kasha are currently living in the hostel while an addition is being built on to the back of the building, so the hostel feels homey because it is their actual home.

Although the hostel is not new, it is well kept and clean. The rooms are clean, warm, and spacious. You can get a private room ensuite with a skylight where you can catch glimpses of the ocean and the occasional rainbow. The walls all have pictures of local sights and Rick and Kasha's adventures as Rick was a former backpacker himself. The bathrooms are clean and are home to the very best showers in all of Ireland. They have "power showers" which are exactly as they sound -- powerful! The only catch is that there is only hot water during certain times of the day, but the times are convenient normal times that people usually take showers. The kitchen is clean and has plenty of space to make a meal and sit and chat with other guests. Currently they do not have laundry facilities because of the renovation going on, but there is a launderette right around the corner (if you can catch them when they are open). You will be given a key to the door so you may come and go as you please.

The hostel is located just a few steps from the Atlantic Circle bus stop, the Promenade, and the ocean. You will not want to leave this ideal location and the warmth and hospitality of Rick and Kasha.

Christina Dixon

Causeway Coast Independent Hostel Reviews from the Web

Very basic


Rick was the perfect host as the chilled out atmosphere,do your own thing.Our 3children loved it too.


Very nice person, typiccaly old irisch


Ricky, the owner was friendly and helpful. Kitchen was available at all times with plenty of food and drink.Comfortable room.


Liked: Nice owner. Loads of books. Lovely new bathroom. Didn't like: Nothing to dislike.


Liked the common room , freedom to get together on the evening . Free breakfast staff very helpful.


Liked: Value Didn't like: Nothing


Liked: Nice staff, nice location! I felt like home. Didn't like: -


very friendly home-like atmosphere and beautiful spot!


Liked: Traditional home, open fire, comfy chairs in social room, kitchen with basic supplies provided. Didn't like: Bathrooms a little small, but not a big deal.


Liked: Really enjoyed the friendlyness of Rick himself and the general atmostphere. Didn't like: The wifi signal wasnt brilliant.


Liked: The ensuite was pretty nice and the bed was comfy. Didn't like: Steadily risen in price over the past four years!



Ricks Causeway Coast Hostel is a small friendly 30 bed hostel situated in the town of Portstewart, and since it is about 50 meters from the Atlantic Ocean nearly all the rooms have a sea view. The building itself is about 120 years old and was one of a number of houses built to provide work for some of the local fishermen at a time of bad weather and poor fishing.
We try to maintain a relaxed atmosphere and be as flexible as possible. Groups can be accommodated but no stag or hen parties will be accommodated. Check in time is from 13.00 up to 22.00 hours, arrivals before or after these times can only be made by earlier arrangement with the hostel.

The hostel has a variety of rooms at budget prices.

Nearby Attractions:

The Giants Causeway, Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, Dunluce Castle,
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Mussenden Temple are just some of the highlights of the area. They are all just a short drive away from the hostel and are easily accessible by a regular bus service that can be taken from a bus stop only 100 meters from the hostel.

Giants Causeway: A regular bus service leaves from just 100 meters from the hostel and goes to the Giants Causeway, sometimes referred to (slightly inaccurately!) as the 8th Wonder of the world. This is a remarkable site containing some 56,000 basalt columns many of which have a regular hexagonal design. The Geologists have a strange theory to do with volcanoes and lava flows and cooling over very long periods but they never talked to the locals who know it was built by Finn MacCool the Irish giant of Legend to cross the Irish Sea and fight a giant from Scotland.

Bushmills Whiskey Distillery: Tour the oldest continuously operating licensed whiskey distillery in the world, learn the secrets of its manufacture and (most important!) try a glass and get your certificate as an official whiskey taster!

Dunluce Castle: A ruin now, but a magnificent ruin, perched on the cliffs above the raging Atlantic Ocean and steeped in history. It was besieged by Edward Bruce, brother of Robert the Bruce, during his unsuccessful attempt to make himself High King of Ireland. Later it was the home of Sorley Boy McDonald, in rebellion against Queen Elizabeth I of England and the refuge for a handful of shipwrecked survivors from the Spanish galleon "The Girona" which was trying to return to Spain after the failure of the Spanish Armada to invade England in 1588.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge: A bridge over the Atlantic, put in place every year during March or April by the local salmon fishermen and taken down around October. For around 160 years it has been used by the fishermen during the salmon fishing season and more recently has become an attraction for those with a head for heights and who don't mind the ground moving a bit beneath their feet. It is safe - a few people may have been scared but we haven't lost anyone yet!

Mussenden Temple: Not as well known as some of the other attractions but equally dramatic. The temple was constructed on the orders of Bishop Hervey, the Earl of Bristol and modeled on the temple of the winds at Vespi in Italy. It was originally his library close to his Grand mansion house of which all the rest is ruins. The temple stands on the extreme edge of the cliff and directly above a railway tunnel through which passes the main Belfast to Derry railway track. From it you have a magnificent view over Benone beach, (at 13 kilometer long, one of the longest beaches in Ireland) and also back across the Bann estuary towards Portstewart.

Full details of all these and many other local attractions are available at the hostel or by asking Rick


Location and Contact


• The nearest railway station is in Coleraine, about 4 or 5 kilometres from Portstewart and a regular local bus will take you to the hostel. You should ask the driver to let you off at the Atlantic Circle bus stop which is just 100metres from the hostel.
• For drivers the hostel is very close to the town centre (the promenade)and just to the East side of it. If approaching from the Portrush direction on the A2 Coast road you take the first turn to your right as you come into the town. This road is signposted ' to Portstewart Point and The Herring Pond'. The hostel is then about a further 100 metres on your left. Coming from the West end of town just drive to the end of the promenade. At the harbour keep on the main road (whiich turns to the right and goes up a hill) for about 100 metres and then turn left again at the road signposted for Portstewart point and the herring pond.



Address: 4 Victoria Terrace, Atlantic Circle, Portstewart, County Derry, Northern Ireland

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Website Causeway Coast Independent Hostel Portstewart (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: (048) 7083 3789
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Facilities and Amenities


Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


Book Collection/Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Credit Card Payments

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 12.00 - 22.00

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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