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Portstewart has been taken over by apartment developments like many seaside towns in the past. However it retains a family orientated place.
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Portstewart has been taken over by apartment developments like many seaside towns in the past. However it retains a family orientated place.The harbour is full of water which mysteriously moves up and down depending on the time of day

Revision as of 23:20, 9 July 2008

Portstewart is a scenic town in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

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  • Portstewart Strand is the fabulous, two mile long beach, which has been the most popular attraction of Portstewart to holiday-makers for generations. The beach has magnificent golden sands and impressive sand dunes. The beach finishes at the barmouth of the river Bann overlooking Castlerock. Now owned by the National Trust, it is one of the most popular Trust properties in the entire United Kingdom.The recent introduction of a car ban after 8pm during the Summer months has been received with fury from the local 'Keep Portstewart Open Group' According to their spokesperson, Danny Criterian, action will be taken to reopen the beach to locals after 8pm.

Dunny buggy racing was banned from the Strand dunes in the early 1970s but there is talk of a fresh license being offered at auction.Imagine the thrill of seeeing v8 Landrovers scrambling over 'Devil's Hill'. Environmental concerns will not be an issue as the invasive Sea Buckthorn will be cleared to make way for the off road course and no damage will be allowed to the marime grass, rabbits or wild polecats.

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Golf

The town is home to three golf courses (under one club - Portstewart Golf Club), made lively by the forceful Atlantic Ocean wind, which continually pushes over the whole town. The strand course is an exhilarating golf course, set amidst imposing, gigantic sand dunes with panoramic views across the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle to the Inishowen peninsula of County Donegal beyond. The front nine is among the best anywhere, and the first hole is in a class by itself. In fact it is often stated that Portstewart strand has the best opening hole in Irish golf. Wonderfully situated between a gorgeous stretch of Atlantic beach and the River Bann, Portstewart strand golf course offers links golf at its thrilling and scenic best.

Places to Eat

  • Cafe's on the Promenade: The Harbour Cafe, Bon Appetite, Coffee on the Coast, Roughans Coffee Shop, Morelli's, O'Brien's, Bentley's Bakery Cafe
  • Main Meals and Pub Grub: The Anchor Bar Complex, Shenanigan's (newly re-opened), Hoi Yung Chinese Restaurant, The York, Cromore Halt, Hoi Yung Chinese
  • Fast Food: Superfry, Xpress Pizza's and Kebabs, Sun Po Chinese Take-Away, Harbour Take-Away, Hoi Yung Chinese

Bars and Nite Clubs

  • The Anchor Bar / Skippers (very popular with students September-May)
  • Shenanigan's (previously named Bar7, Bar and Restaurant located at the top of the Promenade)
  • The Ice House (Bar and Restaurant located at the bottom of the Promenade)
  • Cromore Halt (Next to Trolan's SuperValu on the Cromore Road)
  • Portstewart Arms (Coleraine Road)
  • Havana Nite Club (Part of Shenanigans)
  • Club Aura (Part of the Anchor Complex, very popular with students September-May)
  • Montague Arms Hotel (Recently Closed Down)

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Portstewart has been taken over by apartment developments like many seaside towns in the past. However it retains a family orientated place.The harbour is full of water which mysteriously moves up and down depending on the time of day