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8. Portstewart

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Portstewart

Portstewart is Derry's largest coastal resort, and like its near-neighboour Portrush, is full of Victorian boarding houses. Of the two, Portstewart is decidedly more sedate and has always had more airs and graces; the train station is said to have been built a mile out of town to stop hoi polloi from coming.
 
Just west of the town is Portstewart Strand, a long sandy beach firm enough to drive on and some of the best surfing in the country.
 
It's great spot to spend a sunny day, or for a bracing walk along the cliffs running between the beach and the town, passing battlements and an imposing Gothic mansion - now a Dominican college.  
 
Great for surfing
The magnificent Strand at Portstewart conjures up images of lazy summer days, picnics, sandcastles and long walks. The two miles of yellow sand is one of Northern Ireland’s finest and most popular Blue Flag beaches, filled with families in the summer and with walkers throughout the year.

The Barmouth is a sanctuary for waders, wildfowl and nesting birds. You can view this spectacle from a purpose-built hide on the west side of the River Bann.

• First Aid and National Trust wardens on hand
• Bathing flags/wind sock
• Designated no car areas and children’s play area
• Designated water sports zone
• Way marked nature trail
• Sand dune system is haven for wild flowers and butterflies
• Beautiful beach, superb sand dunes and fantastic fun

Visitor facilities
Suitable for picnics, country walks, programme of events, access for visitors with disability, facilities for families, learning. Dogs welcome on leads
 
Beach Car Parking:
March to June and September, £4.50, July and August £5.00 

Portstewart Tourist Information Centre Address:
Tourist Information Centre
Town Hall
The Cent Crescent
Portstewart
BT55 7AB
Northern Ireland, UK
 
Portstewart Tourist Information Centre Opening Times:
July and August,, Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm 

T  +44 (0)28 7083 2286  

Troggs Surf Shop
Address:
Troggs Surf Shop
20 The Diamond
Portstewart
BT55 7JN
County Londonderry
Northern Ireland, UK

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