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The Weather in Portrush
Check out our climate diagram to find the perfect month for your holidays. During July, maximum temperatures climb above 19°. In contrast, the coolest month is January. The rainiest month is December, while the driest month is April.
Explore Northern Ireland from your Portrush holiday letting
With the main part of the town situated on a mile long peninsula, the seaside resort of Portrush offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Donegal Hills. The medieval ruin of Dunluce Castle is a highlight of any trip. Portrush holiday homes provide the perfect base to explore the sights of Northern Ireland.
Getting to your Portrush holiday rental
Portrush boasts regular services to Coleraine which connect to Derry, Belfast and beyond. If you're flying, Belfast City Airport provides a shuttle bus into the town centre for further connections, while City of Derry Airport has a bus stop outside the terminal, though buses do not go directly to Portrush. The town is easy to find by car and it's possible to hire vehicles nearby. Inside Portrush, the roads tend to become easily congested, especially on sunny days, but it will be easy to navigate the town on foot from your Portrush holiday home.
What weather to expect on your holiday in Portrush
Portrush has a temperate climate but it really rains a lot! Expect average summer temperatures of around 15°C and winter temperatures of much less. Make sure you stock your Portrush holiday home with waterproof gear and umbrellas, and none of that will matter!
What to do on your holiday in Portrush
Portrush boasts three sandy, dune-backed beaches which are perfect for sunbathing - if you're lucky enough to get the weather! The beaches enjoy great waves for surfers and the Water Sports Centre at East Strand hires out boards, as well as offering other activities including kayaking, kite surfing and angling. Royal Portrush Golf Club has one of the world's most challenging courses.
For family fun, check out the discovery pools and fish tanks at the Coastal Zone or pop into the Portrush Nature Reserve next door with its fossils and rock pools. Barry's Amusements is Ireland's biggest amusement park, and if the weather's bad, Waterworld offers indoor water adventures with a pirate theme.
The Old Bushmills Distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world with more than 400 years experience of whiskey creating. No trip to Northern Ireland is complete without joining its tour for a taster! Or why not indulge in a little shopping at the White House Department Store before heading back to your Portrush holiday home? The store has been an institution in the town for over 100 years!
Walking with the Giants around Portrush
Evidence of an ancient volcano eruption can still be seen at the magnificent Giant's Causeway: 40,000 basalt columns rise from the coastline, creating stepping stones from the foot of the cliff into the sea. These unusual rock formations are a haven for bird life, and if that tickles your fancy, why not head to the Talnotry Avian Care Trust Wildlife Centre in the village of Crumlin, which rehabilitates sick birds and other creatures?
From your Portrush holiday letting it's an easy walk down to the harbour where tour operators offer boat trips, from half hour excursions to full days out. Explore Northern Ireland's most northern tip, Rathlin Island, or head further adrift to the Scottish islands of Islay or Jura with their many species of birds. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the nearby town of Ballycastle has more pretty beaches while all of Belfast's modern amenities lie just 60 miles away.
Sporting events in Portrush
Every September, Portrush hosts the Airways Air Show, attracting huge crowds to its aerobatic air displays and other events. Other attractions include the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's annual raft race as well as the North West 200, a motorcycle race that speeds through Portrush every May. The town tends to fill up at these times so be sure to book your Portrush holiday lettings early!
Self-catering in Portrush holiday lettings
There is a huge selection of restaurants and cafés in Portrush but several shops make self catering in your Portrush holiday rental a viable option. For a wider range of groceries, nearby Coleraine offers a choice of supermarkets while its Specialty Market, held on the second Saturday of every month, offers the best of Northern Irish cuisine, from fantastic cheeses to home baked goods. Back in Portrush, the Pizza Casa on Main Street does takeaway pizza while the Dolphin on Causeway Street offers hearty meals to take away.
Adventures in Portrush and the Antrim Coast
The ruins of medieval Dunluce Castle are situated on a rocky outcrop, protruding into the Atlantic Ocean. Dating from 1500 AD, visitors can explore the site and see artefacts from archaeological digs in the area.
Portrush East Strand
Popular for walking and cycle rides, the golden sands at Portrush East Strand are also ideal for families fun. On a clear day, enjoy views across to the Giant's Causeway.
Portrush Visitor Information Centre
This visitor information centre in the town hall is your one-stop-shop for information about local attractions, booking accommodation, picking up leaflets, local knowledge and tips.
White Rocks takes its name from the limestone cliffs bordering the sands. The scenic location and clean beach make it a firm family favourite.
The indoor water park at Waterworld offers slides, flumes, waves and pools for all ages. There's also bowling, and an indoor play area.
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