Castlerock lies within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers a diversity of landscapes to explore. The immediate area is particularly popular with walker and surfers.
Castlerock (2021 Blue Flag) beach is popular all year round. It is perfect for building sandcastles and for walks along the shoreline.
A life-guard station is in place during the summer months.
Castlerock is within easy walking distance of the Downhill Estate which includes the iconic Mussenden Temple as well as the ruins of Downhill House.
The views from the cliff top location are stunning and much loved by visitors and local photographers alike.
The walk across sandy Castlerock beach to the Barmouth, where the River Bann flows into the Atlantic, is popular throughout the year and provides views across the Bann to Portstewart town and Portstewart Strand.
You will find Castlerock's unspoilt beach, the River Bann's Barmouth, Hezlett House, Mussenden and Downhill Demesne, all within walking distance. Castlerock lies within the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which includes the stunning cliffs of Avish, minutes away by car. Dunluce Castle, The Giant's Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Whitepark Bay, Bushmills Distillery, the coastal towns of Portrush and Portstewart (and beautiful Portstewart Strand) are all within easy reach.
The Foyle ferry at Magilligan, crossing to Greencastle, Co Donegal, is approximately 15 minutes drive away (seasonal availability). Explore the Co Donegal coastline or visit the Doagh Famine Village.
Take the Rathlin Island Ferry across the Sea of Moyle to Rathlin Island and enjoy its natural beuaty. Explore the rugged landscape, admire the magnificent views and visit the RSPB Seabird Centre.
If you want a golfing holiday, you will be spoilt for choice which includes Castlerock Championship Golf Course, Royal Portrush, Roe Valley Park Golf Club, Bushfoot Golf Club, Kilrea Golf Club and Portstewart Golf Club. Local golfing events include Castlerock Golf Club Open Week and other Open Competitions and Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament.
There is a range of shops and pubs in the area, all close to our self-catering accommodation in Castlerock or, for a wide range of shops, a 10 minute drive will take you to Coleraine. If you want to leave the car behind, there is a railway station a short walk away as well as bus links to neighbouring towns.
The Village Kitchen on Sea Road offers interesting takeways/street food and is popular with locals and visitors alike and has now opened a bistro, Upstairs @TheVillageKitchen, above their existing premises. Crusoe's Catch, also on Sea Road, provides takeaway/street food. Limited outdoor seating is provided for customers. The Meat Box takeaway van is parked just round the corner from Crusoe's Catch in the approach road to the Caravan Park. Other eateries include Bertha's Bar, The Coffee Shack overlooking the promenade and The Coffee Hut on Main Street. There are other local eateries to try too or travel further along the coast to some ever popular venues.
Want some outdoor activities for all the family? Check out Adventureland to see what's on.
Surf's Up! Surfing in Castlerock has gone from strength to strength in Castlerock in recent years. Equipment and lessons available locally.
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The local area includes: Binevenagh AONB, Causeway Coast AONB, Antrim Coast & Glens AONB, Giant's Causeway WHS, not to mention Derry City of Culture ...