February 26, 2018 290

In a world of social media and travel shows it’s hard to imagine that any area contains “hidden gems” nowadays. However, there are always a few lurking just off the beaten track, and the Causeway Coast is no different. Read on to discover five hidden gems on the Causeway Coastal Route.

The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Old Bushmills Distillery and a few others attract the biggest crowds, headlines and photos. But read on and discover another side to the coastal route we love amd call ‘home’.

Hidden Gems on the Causeway Coastal Route

Glenarm Castle

Glenarm Castle - Hidden Gems on the Causeway Coastal Route

First up, Glenarm Castle.

Incredibly, a castle has stood on this site, in the coastal village of Glenarm, since the 13th century. It is the ancestral home of the Earls of Antrim and is still a residence to this day.

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful Walled Gardens, Tea Rooms and multiple events throughout the year including the likes of the Tulip Festival, Dalriada Festival and Highland Games.

Ballintoy Harbour 

Ballintoy Harbour - Hidden Gems on the Causeway Coastal Route

For those in the know Ballintoy Harbour represents one of the absolute best spots along the Causeway Coastal Route. the problem is, if you don’t know it exists, you’ll drive right by it.

On a long, winding lane, past a tiny little isolated church, sits Ballintoy Harbour, right on the very edge of Northern Ireland’s north coast.

This little harbour and beach is a breathtaking display of rugged beauty. It’s no wonder that Game of Thrones location scouts chose it to feature in the world of Westeros.

Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple - Hidden Gems on the Causeway Coastal Route

It might come as a surprise that Mussenden Temple is mentioned in a list of Causeway Coast hidden gems. But consider just how beautiful this iconic attraction is, and how many regular visitors it actually gets.

This beautiful temple, originally built as a library, has been dramatically perched 120 feet above the crashing waves below since 1785!

Throw in the idyllic gardens and surroundings of Downhill Demesne, in which Mussenden Temple sits, and you’ve got the making of a wonderful day exploring along the cliff tops. 

Murlough Bay 

Murlough Bay - Hidden Gems on the Causeway Coastal Route

Similar to Ballintoy Harbour, Murlough Bay sits just off the well-beaten tracl. It also offers some of the most beautiful coastal scenes anywhere in Northern Ireland.

You’ll find the secluded bay just outside Ballycastle and just beyond the imposing landmark of Fairhead. Whilst it might not be the easiest to get to (as all hidden gems are…) your efforts will be rewarded with beautiful panoramic views, seaside walks and hardly a soul in sight.

If you’re looking for solitude along the Causeway Coast this might be the best place for it.

Portstewart Golf Club

Portstewart Golf Club - Hidden Gems on the Causeway Coastal Route

Trophy hunters might focus on Royal Portrush and Royal County Down but when it comes to golf, and specifically incredible 1st tees, the Causeway Coastal Route has the answer in the form of Portstewart Golf Club.

Enjoy stepping onto the tee and looking onto a breathtaking coastal vista that stretches across the pristine Portstewart Strand. Take in the views, with Mussenden Temple and Donegal in the distance.

The only issue is that it might affect your swing… More details at www.portstewartgc.co.uk

Agree or disagree with our Causeway Coast hidden gems? Let us know!

If you’re ready to explore all our beautiful coastline has to offer then get in touch here if you have any questions or queries about the area.



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With Christmas and New Years now a distant memory we’re more than ready to turn our attention to the excitement 2018 has yet to bring!

As is the same every year, 2018 is fit to burst with events and fun along the Causeway Coast. To inspire and help you organise and plan, we thought we’d collect the best our beautiful north coast has to offer.

See you there!

Causeway Coast Events 2018

Please see a complete list of events below. We will update this list as and when more dates and details are confirmed.

 

Easter 2018 – 2nd April 2018

Easter Sunday will occur on 1st April 2018 this year and Easter Bank Holiday will occur on the following day, Monday 2nd April 2018.

Causeway Challenge Walk – 6th May 2018

For more information on the Causeway Challenge Walk click here.

May Bank Holidays 2018 – 7th & 28th May 2018

The May Day Bank Holiday will take place on Monday 7th May 2018 this year. The Early Spring Break Bank Holiday will take place on Monday 28th May 2018 this year.

The Vauxhall International North West 200 – 13th – 19th May 2018

For more information on the Vauxhall International North West 200 click here.

Causeway Coast Ford Fair – TBC (Approx. June 2018)

For more information on the Causeway Coast Ford Fair click here.

Walk the Glens Festival – TBC (Approx. June 2018)

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

Salmon and Whiskey Festival 2018 – TBC (Approx. June 2018)

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

Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament – 3rd – 9th June 2018

For more information on the Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament click here.

NI Super Cup – 22nd – 27th July 2018

For more information on the NI Super Cup, formerly known as the Milk Cup, click here.

Portstewart Red Sails Festival – 22nd – 28th July 2018

For more information on the Portstewart Red Sails Festival click here.

Armoy Road Races – July 27th – 28th 2018

For more information on the Armoy Road Races click here.

Causeway Coast Mini Club Weekend – TBC (Approx. August 2018) 

For more information on the Causeway Coast Mini Club Weekend click here. 

North West Pipe Band Competition – TBC (Approx. August 2018)

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

Cushendall “Heart of the Glens” Festival – 4th – 12th August 2018

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

The Auld Lammas Fair – TBC (Approx. 27th – 28th August 2018)

For more information on the Auld Lammas Fair click here. 

Northern Ireland International Airshow / Air Waves Portrush – 1st – 2nd September 2018  

For more information on the Northern Ireland International Airshow / Air Waves Portrush click here.

The Great Northern Links Challenge – 16th – 20th October 2018 

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

Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive – 8th September 2018

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

Portrush Beer Festival 2018 – TBC (Approx. October 2018) 

For more information on the Portrush Beer Festival click here. 

Halloween 2018 

The Causeway Coast always turns into a spooky, scary place every October and 2018 will be no different! Stay tuned for more. 

Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival – TBC (Approx. October 2018)

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

Atlantic Sessions 2018 – TBC (Approx. November 2018)7

For more information on the Atlantic Sessions click here.

Christmas 2018

It might seem like an age away right now but we all know that Christmas creeps up faster and faster every year. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more information on events the closer it gets.

Safe to say it’s a pretty impressive list, right?

Which event is a must see or do for you? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

For all other enquiries, including rooms and rates for any of the dates and events listed above, you can get in touch with our team by clicking here or by phoning 028 7082 3507.



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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!



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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!



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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!



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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.



June 27, 2017 249

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



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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!



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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!



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Lacada Beers at Magherabuoy House Hotel in Portrush, Northern Ireland on the Causeway Coastal Route

You might have noticed over the last year or so that we now stock some local craft beers, courtesy of Lacada Brewery, here at the hotel.

We recently had a chat with one of Lacada’s directors, and more importantly their Head Brewer, Laurie Davies about all things craft beer and Causeway Coast!

When and why was Lacada Brewery formed? Laurie Davies, head brewer of Lacada Brewery

Lacada Brewery was initially formed in May 2014 but we didn’t go to market until October 2015. In hindsight everything arrived at the right time just as the craft beer scene here in Northern Ireland was about to take off but for us it was simply a group of people together who wanted to form a co-operative brewery.

We all had various forms of experience in co-ops, food and drink to draw upon and we started with a few beer tasting evenings to get the ball rolling!

How do you draw influence from the surrounding Causeway Coast?

The Causeway Coast, and surrounding local area, has been a focus and mainstay from the beginning. Everyone involved wanted something that celebrated the place we all love.

Unusually, we actually started by selling the co-operative idea to our co-owners before any beer was involved so this meant that we asked them for names right from the beginning!

We wanted to promote the idea of community with a north coast focus on the landscapes and seascapes around us but we also wanted to draw influence from lesser known stories and places. This was to add a “discovery” factor to our beers that would encourage people to go off and ask locals about the area.

A good example of this is our Giant’s Organ IPA which draws its name from the Giant’s Causeway…but not in the way most people would expect!

What is your favourite part of the Causeway Coast?

I’ve been living here for over 30 years now which just about qualifies me as a local…I think!

I love the sense of community, especially amongst the local food and drinks producers, as well as the incredible coast and views around us!

What’s your favourite Lacada beer?

It might seem strange but I honestly don’t have a personal favourite. As Head Brewer I’m always testing and tasting variations of the Lacada beers out there in the world, alongside new and upcoming beers, so it differs from time to time.

It’s an ongoing process so it’s hard to say but our limited edition Salamander Series beer, the Utopian Stout, stood out last year and was named best beer of 2016 by Northern Ireland beer blogger Quare Swally!

Why should someone pick a craft beer over bigger/traditional beers?

Three words – taste and aroma!

I might be biased but when you try a great beer, no matter what kind, by a microbrewery you get the full experience. Everything tastes and smells so much better and you’ll soon discover what real lagers, stouts and ales are supposed to taste like.

You could say beer is the new wine and there really is so much diversity out there!

What are Lacada’s plans for rest of 2017?

We’ve got new beers scheduled for every other month for the rest of 2017 so that should be fun and we also have new beers coming out of barrels planned for 2018.

When we looked back on 2016 we realised that we released up to 16 different beers last year when you consider special editions and one-off casks etc so it’ll be more of the same!

We also have plans to take part in the Portrush beer and food festival again in early October as well as some collaborations with other local food producers so stay tuned!

If that hasn’t whetted your appetite we don’t know what will!

You can pick up some Lacada beers here in our fully stocked bar after a long hard day seeing the Causeway Coast sights!

For more information contact us here.