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8 ways to explore the wild side of the Causeway Coast

Explore the wild side of the Causeway Coast and marvel at the stunning surroundings on a seaside adventure.

1. Stay at the Saltwater House in Strandeen, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a gateway to the Causeway Coastal Route.

This five-star luxury B&B sits above the bay and beaches of Portstewart Strand, a perfect location from which to explore the coastline and invigorate yourself with the great outdoors. Unpack in one of the immaculate south-facing bedrooms, which enjoy views of morning mist rising over the dunes as you prepare to get out and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area.

Saltwater House

2. Take a short drive from Portstewart to Limavady to immerse yourself in beach lifestyle at the Long Line Surf School.

Hit the waves at the Blue Flag Benone Beach for a surfing lesson with qualified instructors, who will impart their knowledge on the essentials of staying upright on your board and have you surfing on your very first lesson. Alternatively, take it slow and steady with paddle board lessons on the River Roe.

Flow with nature and enjoy this sport at your own pace while hearing about the fascinating heritage of the local area. Long Line Surf School offers a range of workshops geared to all levels of ability and even offer a stand up paddle board coffee making tutorial. Whether you're seeking adventure or a unique activity (or both) Long Line Surf School have the skills and bespoke boards to make it happen.

3. After enjoying the exhilarating sea swells or lush green scenery of the riverbanks, stop on your return to Portstewart to visit one of the most photographed scenes in Northern Ireland. Mussenden Temple is a beautiful 18th century temple, perched on a cliff top at the edge of Downhill Demesne. The walk to the ruins offers panoramic views of Downhill Strand and Co Donegal to the west, with Castlerock beach, Portrush and the Fair Head cliffs visible eastward.

Mussenden Temple

Take a moment to appreciate the wild landscape as waves crash onto the shores below.

4. Back in Portstewart, visit the Anchorage Bistro on the bustling promenade for good food and a convivial atmosphere. Part of the renowned four-star Anchor Bar Complex, the menus at the award-winning restaurant reflect the variety of the quality local produce.

Choose from Bushmills whiskey sausages or the fresh local catch of the day - both land and sea are well represented in the dishes at the stylish bistro. After your meal, enjoy a drink at the charming and characterful Anchor Bar which has been a mainstay of the town since it was established in 1898. The Victorian fireplace enhances the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere to make you feel right at home.

5. After a restful night's sleep at Saltwater House, visit the nearby Paper Fig on the seafront at Portstewart before your journey home. The cafe provides a spectacular view of the surf, and staff pride themselves on providing the best coffee on the Causeway Coast. Here, food and coffee are to be savoured, not rushed.

The menus reflect a rustic approach using fresh and natural ingredients, so you can enjoy some decadent guilt-free treats. Leave refreshed and revitalised, having absorbed the excitement the Causeway Coast has to offer.

6. Located opposite the renowned Downhill Beach, Downhill Seaside Cottage self-catering accommodation boasts uninterrupted ocean vistas and immediate beach access.

The homely cottage sleeps six people and is perfect for families or groups of friends who wish to take advantage of the fun activities on offer at the stunning coast.

7. Sitting on the beach at Portstewart Strand, Harry’s Shack serves local fish, meats, vegetables and more. The popular little restaurant is open seven days a week in the summer months, with brunch, lunch and dinner menus proving to be a big hit.

Harry's Shack

Harry’s Shack is open late for dinner from Monday through to Saturday and booking is highly recommended.

8. From Portrush harbour, sail at sunrise to catch your own breakfast aboard the Causeway Lass. The Catch and Sea tour takes you on a culinary journey including a guided fishing lesson and gourmet breakfast. Relish incredible flavours and outstanding views off the Causeway Coast on a one-of-a-kind adventure.

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