7 ways to spend National Seafood Week on the Causeway Coast
National Seafood Week takes place between October 6-13 and provides the perfect opportunity to head to the coast and taste some of the sea’s freshest offerings.
This year, pack a bag and take a short break to the destination famed for raising, growing and catching its food locally. Drive along the world-renowned Causeway Coastal Route, stay in top-class accommodation and experience a unique short break at the Causeway Coast this National Seafood Week.
Here just a few of the ways you could spend your time:
1. Catch your own breakfast at sea
For seafood lovers, the catch and sea experience will see you sail at sunrise to catch your own breakfast.
Travel to Portrush Harbour and meet host Wendy, who is an expert in local produce before embarking on a one-of-a-kind culinary journey. Nibble on handmade griddle breads from Ballycastle’s 'Tony's Griddle Goods' and then warm up with a cup of tea or coffee as you learn the fascinating history of the local area from the experienced crew and also learn how to fish.
Use your new skills to catch a Mackerel then learn to fillet it before getting back to dry land. Once on land, season and cook your catch alongside a range of local ingredients in Babushka Café to top off an extraordinary experience.
2. Eat at the famous Harry’s Shack
If you want to dine on fresh fish served at the beach during National Seafood Week, drive to Portstewart Strand and visit Harry’s Shack.
Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner you desire, Harry’s Shack serves it all. Tuck into delicious seafood dished up with fresh vegetables while enjoying the fresh seaside air and the stunning views of Portstewart strand.
3. Take in the Ballycastle Food Tour
For foodies who would like to delve into other delicacies not found in the sea, the Ballycastle Food Tour should feature on your itinerary.
Meet at the Ballycastle Visitor Centre before tackling an Ulster Fry at the seafront Bay Café. While eating, enjoy an insight into soda bread, potato bread, black pudding, and even a very secret salsa.
Other samples you will taste along the way include Dart Mountain cheese, delicious scones and seasonal treats such as kelp pesto or rhubarb compote. Enjoy Guinness bread at The Central Wine Bar before devouring O’Connor’s Bars daily special, all washed down with a glass of locally brewed Rathlin Red Ale.
4. Treat yourself to a 5* B&B
Indulging in top quality food, drink and company all day will put you in the mood for a nice, relaxing doze, so why not check in to the 5* At The Beach B&B which offers stylish, luxury accommodation.
Take in the panoramic views stretching from Portstewart Strand, Mussenden Temple and beyond. In the morning you can access the beach directly and go for a leisurely morning stroll.
5. Walk along Portrush Whiterocks Beach
The whole area is filled with scenic views, so if seafood is not your thing, why not take a trip to Portrush Whiterocks Beach?
Awaken your senses on a stroll and listen to the crash of the waves at this blue flag beach and be amazed at the sight of the stunning limestone cliffs along the way.
6. Visit The Spa at Galgorm
Treat the rest of your body the same way you are treating your taste buds with a trip to the Spa at Galgorm. Experience peace and harmony as you undergo a deluxe facial with a relaxing back and shoulder massage. Drift away as the therapist applies a seaweed mask followed by freshly harvested organic seaweed leaves.
7. Visit Dunseverick Castle
Steeped in history, Dunseverick Castle is a must see if visiting the Causeway Coastal Route. It has been attacked many times over the years including by Vikings and only wall fragments remain.
Breathe in the fresh air and stand in awe as you view the dramatic setting within which the historic monument is situated.
To book your short break to the Causeway Coast visit: www.discovernorthernireland.com
Belfast Telegraph Digital