Portstewart is Portrush’s closest neighbour. The two resorts have carved out distinctive characters of their own over the centuries since their similar roots as small fishing villages. Lying only 4 miles east of Portrush and only 4 miles north of Coleraine, Portstewart is well situated for an all-round holiday on Ireland’s North Coast.
Portstewart’s Victorian era promenade boasts an upper and lower walk, with spectacular views across the North Coast to the Inishowen Peninsula of Donegal. Stroll along Portstewart’s National Trust protected Strand via the winding cliff path or watch the world go by from one of the famed ice-cream parlours, cafes, pubs or restaurants. Browse in the colourful art galleries, craft and gift shops, or enjoy an afternoon’s golf, tennis or bowls.
At the Crescent youngsters and families can enjoy a superb play pool and outdoor entertainment complex, complete with bandstand and tiered seating. Idyllic artificial lakes have motorised ‘bumper’ boats for hire, while active kids can expend their energies on climbing frames, slides and see-saws. Other recreational facilities include bowls, tennis and football at The Warren and there is a 9-hole and two excellent 18-hole golf courses.
Flowerfield Arts Centre is Coleraine Borough Council’s dedicated arts facility based in Portstewart, providing arts and crafts courses, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, lectures and events throughout the year. The centre offers a variety of activities for both adults and children including pottery, painting, photography, creative writing, language classes and much more.