We saw much of the city while searching for our hostel. We got out and asked directions first at a charity shop, then at a pub. Everyone we met went out of their way to help us get around, especially at the crowded pub. I quickly had three or four local folks excitedly jumping up to point me on my way. Our hostel ended up being just around the corner from the pub, so they were able to walk me out the front door (and they did!) to show me the road.
|Rental car at the hostel|
We arrived at the Portrush Holiday Hostel in the afternoon. Our host was helpful and ran a clean, beautiful hostel. These places are great for traveling in Europe. They are built for poor (or cheap) young people who don't always want to go around seeing the sights, so they feel much like group rental homes. We are usually a bit older than the guests at these places, who can resemble the cast of any season of The Real World, but they are always welcoming and friendly.
This hostel (and many others) had a full-size, fully loaded kitchen for guest use. We got some tips and directions to Portrush sights from our host and set off for a quick tour and a stop for groceries.
|Obligatory "Cory Looking at the Water" photo|
In more recent times, fewer travelers make Portrush a resort destination for its cheesy carnival atmosphere, but there is still a proud and robust tourist business in the summer. Our visit was out-of-season, so the rides were closed and summertime crowds missing. All the better for us, because the weather was beautiful and we had most of the beaches, restaurants, and parks to ourselves.
|Part of the Boardwalk|
|The whole city seen from the cliffs|
|Looking down the cliffs|
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