Built on a peninsula, Portrush commands exceptional views to Donegal, Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway headland, it also has two very good beaches and excellent coastal walks. You'll find all the facilities you would need for a family vacation or a base to explore the surrounding area from. Within the town there are a selection of indoor venues which include Waterworld, The Dunluce Centre, The Coastal Zone, 'Barry's Amusements' and a choice of restaurants, cafe's and bars.
A 3km stroll along Curran Strand (East Strand) will bring you to the spectacular White Rocks where you can continue by footpath to Dunluce Castle. On the outskirts of the town you will find Ballywillan Old Church.
It derives its name from Portros, Portross or Portrossce, the meaning relates to its location, Port of the Promontory. The area is known to have been the site of human settlement for over 1500 years. Shortly after the last ice age some ten thousand years ago, the promontory was an island surrounded by bog land, peat deposits are sometimes exposed on Mill Strand (West Strand).
Evidence of early settlements were also uncovered near Curran Strand (East Strand) car park and Causeway Street. The town later had a church and castle of strategic importance, nothing remains of either, they were both ransacked and partly destroyed by General Munro during the 1641- 49 conflict in Ireland.
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