Portstewart in County Derry , has a long history as a holiday destination that started off with Victorian middle-class families and the resort still maintains an old-fashioned air about it. It remains one of the favourite holiday destinations for the local as well as the tourist population. Its long, crescent-shaped sea front promenade is sheltered by rocky cliffs and headlands. Just west of the town, and accessible by road or by a cliffside walk, stretches Portstewart Strand , a fabulous, long, sandy beach, protected by the National Trust.

On Ramore Head, just east of the town, lies Portrush , a brasher resort with an abundance of souvenir shops and amusement arcades. The East Strand is backed by sand dunes and runs parallel with the Royal Portrush Golf Links , considered by many to be one of the finest Links courses in the world. For those of you who do not have the time to play 18 holes you can play 9 holes at the Riverside Golf Club.

Great fishing is possible on Lough Foyle, the River Bann as well as rock and pier fishing for salt water fish. You can stroll along the beach to White Rocks - limestone cliffs carved by the wind and waves into caves and arches. It is said that during WWII, a German submarine (U-296) was sunk between 10 and 20 miles north of Portstewart.

About five miles to the south is Coleraine, a university town, it is home to the Coleraine Campus of the University of Ulster. The North West 200, the world's fastest motorcycle road race , is run between Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush. The race is held every May in front of 100,000 people.

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