February 6, 2017

In a golfer’s mind the turn of the New Year can mean only one thing, freshly cut fairways and testing greens are just around the corner!

As winter turns to spring every golf fan simultaneously thinks of when/where they can play and what they can watch and 2017 is set to be a treat for fans of Northern Irish links golf.

This year the incredible Causeway Coast welcomes the Irish Open to her shores as the tournament returns to Northern Ireland for the third time in six years.


A Links Paradise

It’ll come as no surprise to locals and fans of our courses.

Northern Ireland, and the north coast in particular, boasts some of the best links golf found anywhere in the world. This was reinforced in 2015 when it was confirmed that The Open would return to Royal Portrush for the first time in almost seventy years! A stamp of authority if there ever was one.

Set amongst the 120 miles of glorious Causeway Coastal Route you’ll find incredible, testing courses on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean boasting breathtaking views and a golfer’s challenge that has to be attempted at least once in your life.

If sounds like the perfect setting and you’re tempted then 2017 could be the perfect year as the Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament, Europe’s longest running amateur golf competition, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year from 5th – 9th June 2017.

From Royal Portrush to Portstewart Golf Club, Castlerock, Bushfoot and Ballycastle there is enough variety to ensure a trip around the north coast with your clubs won’t be in vain.

The Irish Open 2017

Playing will always be the biggest thrill (when things are going well at least…) but it’s hard to beat watching the worlds best compete with each other and the natural forces of our north coast.

Luckily we can do both this year as Portstewart Golf Club sets itself to welcome the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017 from 6th – 9th July. Over the course of the week we’ll be able to watch some of golfs biggest stars, including 2016 winner Rory McIlroy, battle it out on a course we can then enjoy all year round.

Half the fun is watching what a European Tour winner does on a hole we play every week and, to add to the fun, the Irish Open comes at a great time for British golf fans as it’s then followed by the Scottish Open and finally the main event, The Open.

With that in mind it won’t be long until we welcome The Open to these shores again in 2019…


The 19th Hole

Whether you’re following the stars or simply enjoying a quick round of 9 over 2017 be sure to call in at the Magherabuoy Hotel. Our 19th Hole is fully stocked with tasty local beers, brewed right here in Portrush, from Lacada Brewery, boutique gins and all the usual classics as well as fresh local food prepared each day.

Here’s to a great year of golf!

January 27, 2017

With the January blues slowly disappearing that can only mean one thing; Valentines Day is just around the corner!

If you’re like the rest of us, the most romantic day of the year can creep up before we’ve even had a chance to catch our breath in the New Year. This usually leads to some unfortunate presents and, if we’re not careful, the odd fight and night on the sofa…

With that in mind we thought we’d steer you well away from some of the worst suggestions we’ve ever heard for Valentines Day 2017!

Gym Membership


It’s safe to say that New Year resolutions are pretty hard to stick to. If, over the first six weeks of the year, you’ve noticed your partner slip with their “New Year New Me” promises we highly recommend you don’t choose Valentines Day as the moment to remind them!

Gym memberships are great but almost never as presents. Stick to something less critical…


Scratch Cards

If you’ve had a busy start to the year Valentines Day might not be top of your to-do list but avoid those last minute panic purchases at all costs. Especially if you look down to see your hands stuffing a scratch card into a hastily written card!

Many of us enjoy a little flutter on the races, football or lottery but £5 and £10 scratch cards have no place in a fun Valentines Day. Trust us!

Haribo Ring


If you’ve chosen Valentines Day as the day to pop the big question good for you!

We couldn’t be more excited but let’s leave the “funny” jokes for a less serious, life-defining moment, eh? Haribo gummy rings are brilliant when you’ve got a sweet tooth. Less so when your partner is expecting something big, sparkly and expensive.


Housework Products

Chances are you don’t like housework. Who really wants to wash the dishes or do the ironing when there are Netflix series to be binged and beautiful walks around our country to be had?

It’s also highly likely that your partner feels exactly the same way so presenting them with some Mr Muscle or new tea towels is unlikely to create the right kind of sparks…

Supermarket Brand Beer

Sometimes there’s nothing better than sharing a drink with your partner. Sitting back, relaxing and toasting another great year together can be the perfect end to a great Valentines Day.

Less so if all you’ve splurged out on is 12p cans of supermarket lager. Blow the cobwebs off that wallet or purse!

Still Struggling?

Hopefully these words of friendly warning will guide you in the right direction but, if you’re still searching for inspiration, why not treat your loved one to a night on the beautiful north coast of Northern Ireland?

When we fall down nature takes over and there’s nothing more breathtaking than the Causeway Coast in all her natural glory. Add to that the possibility of a romantic stroll on the beach, our fully stocked boutique gin bar and fresh, tasty local food and you’ve got a winner!

For more information on our bespoke Valentines Day 2017 offers just click here.

January 10, 2017

There’s something special about a road trip and luckily, here in Northern Ireland, we have one of the best around. The Causeway Coastal Route is like a touring playground with 120 miles of twists and turns waiting for you. Add to that the sleepy villages, panoramic views and breathtaking natural formations and you’ll start to realize just how good we’ve got it here on the north coast.

Journey Along the Edge


Imagine driving along the edge of the country with the entirety of the island of Ireland on one side and nothing but crashing waves and sea on the other. The Causeway Coastal Route places you right on the coast with nothing but uninterrupted views and fresh sea air for company.


Northern Ireland is a small country and the north coast is just one tiny part. Some might see that as a negative but we see it as the opposite because there’s something great to see around every corner.

Starting in Belfast you can journey towards The Gobbins, just outside Larne. This latest addition to the route literally lets you scale cliff faces and walk along just feet above the sea. After that make your way towards the heart of the Glens of Antrim – Carnlough, Waterfoot, Cushendun and Cushendall. Each little village has its own character, history and stories to tell. It’s up to you to find out!

Beautiful beaches including White Park Bay, Ballintoy (with the nearby Ballintoy Harbour recently used as a Game of Thrones filming location) and White Rocks wait further up the road. After that you’ll see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, The Giant’s Causeway, the jewel in the Coastal Route crown, and Dunluce Castle.

As you begin to make your way towards Limavady and Derry/Londonderry you’ll see one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic sites, Mussenden Temple. Who would’ve thought a former library could be so dramatic?


We don’t just spend our days looking; we get stuck in and get our hands dirty. There’s nowhere better than the Causeway Coastal Route when it comes to “doing”!

There’s the International North West 200, held annually right on the coast, award winning golf courses including Royal Portrush, soon to be home to The Open in 2019, and incredible dining options around every corner.

Stop in to Kiwi’s Brew Bar in Portrush for some of the best local Northern Irish craft beers around. Eat at Upstairs at Joes’ in Cushendall in the shadow of the nearby Lurig Mountain.

The list is endless but it all starts with a set of keys, four wheels and good company!


There’s no better way to experience the Causeway Coastal Route and the north coast of Northern Ireland than by actually doing it and if you’re staying, we’ve got the perfect room ready for you.

Contact us here for more information or call 028 7082 3507