September 22, 2017 0

Portrush Beer & Food Festival 2017 - On the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland

Portrush Beer & Food Festival 2017

Do you know your IPAs from your saisons? Your stouts from your sours?

Chances are you might do, or are eager and ready to start learning!

Either way, the upcoming Portrush Beer & Food Festival is the perfect way to experience some quality craft beers, whiskeys and food from a variety of specialist providers all within the four handy walls of Portrush Town Hall.

The event, organised by our friends at the Lacada Co-operative Brewery here in Portrush, will take place between Friday 6th and Sunday 8th October starting at various times each day but finishing at 10pm each night.

Whilst there you’ll be able to enjoy the exploits of the likes of Lacada, Beavertown, Glens of Antrim Ales, Yellow Belly, Kraken Rum, Bushmills Whiskey and more!

Festival goers will also be able to take in the delightful tastes of Babushka Café, Broughgammon Farm, Causeway Catering and Naturally North Coast and Glens Market who will all be providing delicious food to pair with your drinks.

Sounding pretty good, right?

You can find out more about the event on the official website by clicking here.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our local brewing friends Lacada then click here for our interview with their head brewer!

Need to Know:

  • October 6th – 8th
  • Portrush Town Hall
  • £6 per head (price include glass and menu to keep)
  • Organised by Lacada Co-Op Brewery

We all know that craft beers can pack a pretty big punch so please be extremely careful, drink responsibly and always have a designated driver if you’re travelling far.

If you would like to soak up the sights, sounds and charms of our incredible Causeway Coast during the festival then get in touch with our team for room rates by clicking here.

Have fun!



September 16, 2017 0

The countdown to Christmas seems to start earlier each year and for those of you left with the unenviable task of organising a work or staff party, we have some good news…

You’re not on your own – we’re here to help!

At Magherabuoy House we can cater for tables of two (for the micro-business!) or functions of 270 for the larger corporate organisations. We will happily tailor everything around you, from a delicious roast dinner, fizzy gin cocktails, the obligatory Christmas disco – even transport to the Hotel and home again. Just give us a call and we’ll take it from there.

Tel. 028 7082 3507

Christmas Lunch and Evening Meals 2017



September 13, 2017 0

Causeway Coast Events Halloween 2017

With everyone well and truly back into work and school routines it’s fair to say that summer 2017 is now a distant memory.

However, all is not lost! Thankfully Halloween and the mid-term break are just around the corner and that means plenty of fun on the Causeway Coast for you and the family!

We’ve picked out some key Causeway Coast Halloween events so that you’re all set for October 31st!

Causeway Coast Events Halloween 2017

Ghost in the Glens Storytelling Festival – Cushendall (19th – 22nd October 2017)

The Ghost in the Glens Storytelling Festival, just around the corner from Portrush in Cushendall, Cushendun, Glenariff, Ballycastle and Rathlin Island, will be a four-day celebration of all things spooky and storytelling!

From Thursday to Sunday locals and tourists alike will be able to enjoy traditional scary Irish stories of ghosts, fairies and banshees, to really get in the mood for the big night.

Parents of young children don’t need to worry because there will also be crafts, quizzes, fancy dress and slightly less scary stories for the tiniest members of the family!

Enjoy this unique Halloween experience in some of the most picturesque parts of our incredible Causeway Coastal Route.

Halloween Happenings – Coleraine (28th October 2017)

On Saturday 28th October Coleraine will be awash will Halloween Happenings perfect for all the family. Events and activities will include a fancy dress competition (dust off those wigs, dig out those swords and apply the makeup!), outdoor entertainment, spooky guests and characters wandering around the town, live concerts, fire juggling, live fireworks and more!

Other events and activities will be taking place in the local area between 27th October and 31st October so keep an eye on our social pages, blog and local council posts!

Naturally North Coast & Glens Halloween Artisan Market – Ballycastle (29th October 2017)

Over the last few years the Naturally North Coast & Glens Market has generated a reputation for providing a heady mix of delicious tastes and smells, unique artisan experiences and crafts and great craic from traders, performing musicians and the attending crowds.

This Halloween weekend (the weekend before Tuesday 31st October) sees the market take on a spooky twist with food and craft traders offering a brilliant mix of classics and scary surprises!

The Halloween market will take place on Sunday 29th October from 11am to 5pm in the Marine Hotel, Ballycastle. Just a short drive along the coast from us here in Portrush!

We hope you have a great Halloween break whatever you’re up to.

If you’re interested in any of the above events, or would like to know about what else is happening in Portrush and beyond, just get in touch with our team here!

For more information on our rooms, rates and food offerings just click on the relevant links!



August 22, 2017 0

World Surf Kayak Championships 2017 coming to Portrush on the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland

The summer might be drawing to a close (always disappointing even if it’s expected) but the autumn months bring new events and excitement to the Causeway Coast, not least this year, the World Surf Kayak Championships in 2017!

In October, 20th to 28th, Portrush’ East Strand beach will welcome up to 150 competitors and it’s easy to see why the competition choose our backyard as the location for this years event.

The East Strand, set along the breathtaking Causeway Coastal Route, which was recently featured on BBC One’s The One Show, offers approximately 2.5 miles of glorious beach front and crashing waves.

Competitors from as far flung as Australia, USA, Japan, Costa Rica and countless other European nations, will battle it out on the hard swells of the Atlantic Ocean for Best Team and Best Individual Championships and crowds are guaranteed exciting viewing and big air moves!

The event, organised by the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland, will be free to spectators and will also include local boys Johnny Bingham and Andy McClelland competing for top prizes.

Need to Know:

  • October 20th – 28th
  • Free Entry
  • Over 150 nations competing

If you plan to visit Portrush during the Championships, to participate, support or just enjoy the fun, we’d be happy to accommodate you.

You’ll get a classic Causeway Coast welcome, a week of craic, and plenty of hospitality (should you require it…).

For more information simply call 028 7082 3507 or click here to get in touch with our team.

Looking forward to seeing all the competitors in action!



August 3, 2017 0

The Portrush Airshow, alongside many other annual events on the Causeway Coast, has become a staple in our calendar and something we look forward to every year!

This year the Airwaves Portrush Airshow 2017 will take place over the first weekend of September (2nd – 3rd) which should ease the pain of the return of school, work and the dreaded end of the summer holidays…

Airwaves Portrush: Northern Ireland International Airshow 2017

It’s not hard to see why the Airshow is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular events.

Set on the spectacular backdrop of the Causeway Coast, on Portrush’s East Strand, you’ll see the incredible RAF Red Arrows, RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Mig 15 amongst other airplanes and aircraft.

Alongside that we’ll also see Helicopter displays, the Irish coastguard, the Motor Village and Star Wars characters all coming to town.

Finally, we’re especially looking forward to wandering around the Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market. If you’re coming to the Airshow you have to make sure to stop by because some of the foods (and smells) are so heavenly!

If you want to make it a long weekend where you enjoy the show, the beautiful coastline and (most importantly) the craic, without having to rush home afterwards, then check out our rooms and rates here.

For any other questions, about the Airshow or otherwise, you can contact us here!

See you soon!



July 28, 2017 0

Ask anyone in Northern Ireland and they all seem to say the same thing: the Causeway Coast is the place to be!

Sure the Mourne Mountains are beautiful, the Fermanagh Lakelands enchanting and the cities buzzing but the Causeway Coast seems to pack all of this into one small corner of the country. Lucky for us!

We’ve taken a look at different parts of the coast before (like the Game of Thrones locations) but today we thought we’d focus on truly coastal experiences.

That means lots of water, lots of walking and incredible views!

Alive Surf School

Activities on the Causeway Coast

How about a spot of surfing?

There’s nothing better than getting out into the water and looking back at the incredible north coast and our Portrush partners in crime, Alive Surf School, offer up the best surfing options available!

Whether you’re a first timer, an expert, a group of young guns or some silver surfers, Alive will welcome you with open arms and give you a proper coastal experience!

Causeway Coasteering

Who wants to use our gloriously rugged coastline as their very own adventure playground?

Well, that’s what the guys and gals of Causeway Coasteering are promising if and when you join them for some fun. Alongside experienced professionals you’ll be able to dive, belly flop and bomb into the water after clambering all over the rocks to get to the best spots!

3,2,1…GO!

Aquaholics

Aquaholics will also give you plenty of chances to get your feet wet…and, your whole body actually…

The team over at Aquaholics will take you out on boat trips and sea safaris so you can enjoy the spectacular coastline and wildlife we can all, way too easily, take for granted at times.

If you’re feeling especially brave then you can don a wetsuit and dive right in!

Away a Wee Walk

Activities on the Causeway Coast

If you’re not a true “water baby” but still want to enjoy the incredible scenery the Causeway Coast has to offer we would highly recommend checking out Away a Wee Walk.

Eimear Flanagan offers uniquely personal tours that take away the hassle of figuring out the “who, what, where, why and how”. All you have to do is turn up, follow the leader and set about enjoying the sights and sounds of the Giant’s Causweway, Murlough Bay, Fairhead and beyond.

Causeway Cycle Adventures

Causeway Cycle Adventures offers a similarly great way to explore and enjoy the Causeway Coast.

They offer electric bike tours, lead by experienced locals, that give you a proper insight into the sights, sounds, experiences and attractions of our local coastline.

Don’t worry if you’re not the most experienced of cyclists. The electric bikes will give you that little bit of extra power when it’s most needed!

If any of that sounds good (and how could it not?!) then let us know!

We’d be happy to help, or point you in the right direction, so contact us by clicking here for more information.



July 17, 2017 0

The Causeway Coast is beautiful, natural and breathtaking but…it’s also partial to rain from time to time.

Thankfully there’s plenty to do here even if there’s a downpour so we thought we’d list some fun rainy day activities to keep you and your family or friends happy in some classic Northern Irish weather!

Things to do in Northern Ireland when it Rains

  1. Go to Barry’s Amusements

A trip to Portrush just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Barry’s Amusements. Northern Ireland’s biggest amusement park, first opened in 1926(!), has been the scene of many a fond childhood memory and the rain won’t stop that! 

  1. Find the Game of Thrones Dark Hedges Doors

The Dark Hedges have become an iconic tourist attraction in Northern Ireland, due to both their breathtaking beauty and an appearance in the world famous Game of Thrones TV series, but unfortunately some of the trees were destroyed in a recent storm.

Thankfully, the wood was reclaimed and reworked into 10 Game of Thrones inspired doors that are now hidden in 10 pubs and hotels throughout the country.

You can find 5 of these beautiful hand-crafted doors within the twists and turns of our very own Causeway Coast and Glens.

Are you up to the challenge?

  1. Visit Bushmills Distillery

A visit to Bushmills Distillery should be an essential part of every Causeway Coast trip but it makes even more sense on a rainy day!

This distillery has been around for over 400 years so when you take the tour you’re literally walking through history whilst getting all the sights, sounds and (most importantly) smells of this classic Northern Irish whiskey.

  1. Dive in with Causeway Coasteering and Alive Surf School

Causeway Coasteering - things to do in northern ireland when it rains

If you’re already wet then a little rain won’t hurt, right?

That’s why diving in and getting a real taste of the Causeway Coast experience makes sense on a rainy day! We recommend our friends at Causeway Coasteering and Alive Surf School if you want to get the blood pumping and forget about the grey skies above!

  1. Drink a Local Tipple

We know that sometimes the rain and gloomy weather can get the better of us all and in that case a relaxing drink at the bar is just what the Doctor ordered. Lucky for us we’ve got a bar stocked with all the classics, Bushmills whiskey, premium gins and a few local beers to boot! 

  1. Visit the Giant’s Causeway Centre

Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre - things to do in northern ireland when it rains

The Giant’s Causeway is the iconic centre piece of our coastline but, even though it looks even more dramatic with the crashing waves, you might not want to walk down during a downpour.

Step forward the Giant’s Causeway Centre. There are information displays, short films to watch and a café for teas and coffees to keep you warm.

  1. Visit Hezlett House

A rainy day might also be the perfect time to visit Hezlett House, a thatched cottage over 300 years old, that is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest buildings. You can walk the gardens if you’re wrapped up or enjoy the regularly hosted events and guided tours! 

  1. Relax with Tasty Traybakes

Try a traybake - things to do in northern ireland when it rains

We might be biased but Leona’s Tea Room is definitely worth a visit on a dark and rainy day when you need cheering up!

You’ll be greeted with fresh tea and coffee, classic Northern Irish traybakes and some of the best scones you’ll ever eat! Our tip is to always ask what’s on offer because the specials are definitely worth trying! 

  1. Have a Family Day at the Jet Centre

If you’ve got a car load of bored kids then you might be best heading straight to The Jet Centre. Indoor play areas, cinema, bowling, mini golf and more mean you should have enough options to keep everyone entertained and…most importantly, tire them out!

  1. Visit Ballymoney Museum

Sometimes a rainy day is the perfect opportunity to soak up some culture, history and heritage and Ballymoney Museum offers the perfect look at over 9000 years of local history. From the Celts and Vikings right through to our modern day motorcycle heroes. Best part? It’s absolutely free!



June 27, 2017 0

If you’re planning a trip to the Causeway Coast or Magherabuoy House Hotel (and why wouldn’t you want to experience 120 miles of breathtaking scenery, glorious natural beaches, local food, drink, craic and more?) then you might be trying to figure out directions to the Causeway Coastal Route.

Luckily, we’re here to help make that journey, and your planning, a little easier.Directions to the Causeway Coastal Route - Magherabuoy House Hotel

Directions to the Causeway Coastal Route

Find various directions to the Causeway Coastal Route below:

Belfast to the Causeway Coast

If you’re coming from Northern Ireland’s capital city Belfast you’re most likely coming from one of the two main airports or the city centre.

Belfast to Portrush (which brings you roughly slap bang into the middle of the Causeway Coastal Route) takes approximately 1 hour by car if you’re using the M2 motorway and A26 Dual Carriageway.

If you decide to tour the entirety of the Causeway Coastal Route (which we would highly recommend) then your journey could be anything from 3-4 hours to 3-4 days. It’s up to you…

From George Best Belfast City Airport

George Best Belfast City Airport is right in the heart of Belfast so you should find travel quick and easy.

If you plan to drive from Belfast City Airport to the Causeway Coast simply follow all directions for the M2 Motorway, Coleraine and Portrush. For those of you wanting to drive the whole route, follow signs first for the M2 and then the M5 which will bring you onto the A2 road, known locally as the “coast road” or “Antrim coast road”.

For those of you planning to travel via bus or train, you can take a bus directly to Belfast Central or the Europa Bus Station where you can then plan your journey to Portrush and beyond.

From Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is located approximately 13 miles outside of Belfast city centre.

Travel arrangements are very similar to Belfast City Airport.

If you plan to drive from Belfast International Airport to the Causeway Coast simply follow signs for the M2 and then eventually Coleraine and Portrush.

Various bus options are also available and can be viewed by clicking here and the nearest train station is Antrim Train Station.

From Belfast City Centre

From Belfast city centre you can:

  • Drive via the M2 (direct option) or the M5 (scenic option) motorways
  • Take a bus via the Europa Bus Station
  • Take a train via Belfast Central Station

Dublin to the Causeway Coast

Dublin is just a short journey over the border and Dublin to Belfast, via car, bus or train, shouldn’t take longer than approximately 2 hours. If you’re coming straight to the Causeway Coast your journey will probably be closer to 3 hours in total.

From Dublin Airport

If you’re travelling directly from Dublin Airport you can drive to Belfast via the M1 motorway which shouldn’t take more than 2 hours. When in Belfast you can follow signs for the M2 for the direct route or take the M5 for the scenic Causeway Coastal Route.

You could also take the X1/X2 bus from Dublin Airport to Belfast’s Europa Bus Station and then make your way to the coast from here.

From Dublin City Centre

From Dublin city centre you can:

  • Drive to Belfast via the M1 motorway and then follow signs for either the M2 (direct option) or M5 (scenic option) to the Causeway Coast
  • Take a bus to the Europa Bus Station in Belfast via the Busaras Central Bus Station and then plan your journey to the coast
  • Take a train to Belfast Central Station via Connolly Station and then plan your journey to the coast

Derry/Londonderry to the Causeway Coast

If you’re coming from Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s second largest city and also known as the Walled City, you’ll most likely be travelling from the City of Derry Airport or the city centre.

From City of Derry Airport

If you’re travelling by car take the main A2 Derry to Coleraine road until your Causeway Coast destination. This could take approximately 30-40 minutes depending on where you decide to stop.

If you would like to travel by bus, Ulsterbus operates various scheduled services to and from the airport to the main Bus Depot on Foyle Street in the City centre. From here you will be able to organise travel to most destinations along the Causeway Coastal Route.

For those of you travelling by train, the Derry-Londonderry Train Station is located at Duke Street in the Waterside area of the city and it is served daily by the Belfast to Derry service. This train stops at various Causeway Coast stations including Portrush and Castlerock.

From Derry/Londonderry City Centre

From Derry/Londonderry city centre you can:

  • Drive via the A2 road towards any Causeway Coast location
  • Take a bus via the main station on Foyle Street
  • Take a train via Derry-Londonderry Train Station

More Information

If you’re still unsure about the best means of travel, or simply have other questions, you can get in touch with our team at the hotel via the details below:

Call: 028 7082 3507

Email: enquiries@magherabuoy.co.uk



June 6, 2017 0

The summer is now well and truly here and that can only mean one thing… Days on the Causeway Coast!

We’re lucky that we great to live, work and play in one of Northern Ireland’s most breathtaking locations but if you’re coming to visit you might not be sure what all is on offer.

We thought we’d pull together a perfect summer itinerary so you don’t have to… Enjoy!

Things to do on the Causeway Coast

See Golfing Greats at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

With The Open in 2019 just around the corner and this summer set to play host to the 2017 Irish Open, the north coast is in golfing heaven right now.

Join the fun this July (6th – 9th) at Portstewart Golf Club and watch a full roster of European Tour greats including the likes of Rory McIlroy (last years Champion), Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson all set to battle it out in the glorious surroundings of the Causeway Coastal Route.

Hear the Local Talent at Atlantic Midsummer Sessions 

Coinciding with the Irish Open is the Atlantic Midsummer Sessions, which will see over 20 local artists performing in shops, bars, restaurants and coffee shops throughout the north coast.

Best part about it? Apart from the incredible local talent, great craic and a chance to grab a pint of the black stuff?

Every performance is absolutely free! Click here for more details.

Dive In!

We all know the Causeway Coast looks lovely from land but what about from water?

Whether you’re jumping from cliffs and staring back at our glorious beaches or learning how to surf for the first time this should be the summer to get out there and give it a go!

Have a Classic Barry’s Day Out

Have you even had a north coast summer if you don’t visit Barry’s? We don’t think so!

Barry’s Amusement Park, home to the infamous Big Dipper, has been a north coast staple for almost 100 years and it’s fair to say that with ghost trains, bumper cars and swing chairs (amongst everything else) it remains a Causeway Coast classic!

Walk Glorious North Coast Beaches

Summer on the north coast of Northern Ireland

We are blessed with some of the best beaches in the UK here on the north coast!

From Whiterocks to the East Strand, Portstewart to Downhill, there are loads to choose from meaning it won’t be hard to plan road trips and family days out this summer.

Just don’t forget the picnic…

Go to the Red Sails Festival 2017

Join everyone at the Red Sails Festival (23rd – 29th July) for a week packed with music, dance, parades, local art exhibitions, boat trips, fireworks and more!

Now in its 17th year, in the current incarnation, the Red Sails Festival has become a firm part of the Causeway Coast calendar and this year promises to be just as good.

Discover the Real Westeros…

Winter is Coming…

Ok, thankfully winter isn’t coming but season seven of Game of Thrones is right around the corner!

Did you know that countless Northern Ireland locations have been used by HBO over the last six seasons? We’ve listed a few of the biggest and best here so you can get out and start touring.

See the Iconic Sites!

Mussenden Temple on the Causeway Coastal Route

When was the last time you visited The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge or Mussenden Temple? We bet it’s been years!

Where else in the world can you hop, skip and jump all over a UNESCO World Heritage site, cross an old fisherman’s rope bridge from years gone by and wander around a library perched on a cliff?!

Make this the summer that you get out and see the iconic north coast sites again!

Try the Best Local Drinks 

We know that a pint of the black stuff is a classic but what about trying something different this summer?

We’ve got a range of premium of gins waiting to be tasted alongside some delicious local beers crafted in our very own Portrush by the award-winning Lacada Brewery!

We also recently interviewed Lacada Brewery’s head brewer which you can see here!

Relax…

Finally, just relax…

There’s nothing wrong with simply taking a few days to relax, take it easy and soak it all in. Have a wander around Portrush town, take those extra long lie-ins that you deserve, in our range of premium rooms, or grab a coffee and a traybake and watch the world go by at Leona’s.

Perfect.

For more information about the Causeway Coastal Route or the north coast in general get in touch here!

We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction for that classic Causeway Coast summer experience.

See you soon!



May 18, 2017 0

Every year the Causeway Coast calendar is packed to burst and we’re lucky enough to be right in the heart of it all!

We’ve drawn together a list of the biggest events along the coast and surrounding areas to make sure you don’t miss a beat!

Causeway Coast Events 2017

Walk the Glens Festival – 2nd – 4th June 2017

For more information on the Walk the Glens Festival click here.

Causeway Coast Ford Fair – 4th June 2017

For more information on the Ford Fair click here.

Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament – 5th – 9th June 2017

For more information on the Causeway Coast Golf Tournament visit their website.

Salmon and Whiskey Festival – 17th – 18th June 2017

For more information on the Salmon and Whiskey Festival click here.

The Irish Open – 6th – 9th July 2017

For more information on the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open click here.

Atlantic Midsummer Sessions 2017 – 6th – 9th July 2017

For more information about Atlantic Sessions click here.

The SuperCup NI – 23rd – 28th July 2017

For more information on The SuperCup NI click here.

Portstewart Red Sails Festival – 23rd – 29th July 2017

For more information about the Red Sails Festival click here.

Armoy Road Races – 28th – 29th July 2017

For more information on the Armoy Road Races click here.

Heart of the Glens Festival – 5th – 13th August 2017

For more information on the Heart of the Glens Festival 2017 click here.

North West Pipe Band Competition – 18th – 19th August 2017

For more information on the North West Pipe Band Competition click here.

Causeway Coast Mini Club Weekend – 26th – 27th August 2017

For more information on the Mini Club weekend click here.

The Auld Lammas Fair – 28th – 29th August 2017

For more information on the Auld Lammas Fair click here.

Northern Ireland International Airshow Airwaves Portrush – 2nd – 3rd September 2017

For more information on Airwaves Portrush click here.

Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive – 9th September 2017

For more information on the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive click here.

Portrush Beer Festival 2017 – Details to be announced

The Great Northern Links Challenge (Portrush) – 11th – 13th October 2017

For more information on The Great Northern Links Challenge click here.

Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival – 19th – 22nd October 2017

For more information on the Ghosts in the Glens Festival click here.

World Surf Kayak Championships 2017 – 20th – 28th October 2017

For more information on the World Surf Kayak Championships click here.

For more information on any of the above, questions about the Causeway Coast or general queries about the Magherabuoy House Hotel get in touch here!