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.