Guesthouse Craignamara – Portrush, Ireland

Guesthouse Craignamara |

Last week I was in beautiful Northern Ireland (more on that later) and I explored a part of the causeway coastal route. A route – as you might have guessed – that is winding it’s way around the coast. We started in Belfast and drove up towards the coast where we arrived in the town of Portrush. Our accomodation for two days was Craignamara Guesthouse. Located just outside of the city (about 10 minutes drive to get to the city centre) and on top of a hill, which meant stunning views over the sea and Portrush.

It started really well as soon as we arrived and were welcomed by Rod and his wife Kerry. Rod has lived in the Netherlands until his 15th and so it was somewhat convenient that he spoke a bit of Dutch too.. 🙂 We were the only guests that first night, but that is an exception to the rule as the guesthouse is popular and for good reason too.

Golf city

Portrush itself is famous for golfing and golfers from around the world pay it a visit, just to be able to play golf here. Not my cup of tea but a lot of golfers choose the guesthouse as their base of operation. From the really famous golfers to the regular ones.

When we arrived it wasn’t the best of weather and we wanted to go out for dinner in the center that evening. Rod was so sweet to bring us into town as I wasn’t too sure about driving those windy roads in the dark. Plus it was nice to be able to drink a bit of wine during dinner! Taking the taxi back was also a breeze. (I don’t think they have Uber here by the way..)

All comfort you want

The guesthouse itself is wonderful. Our rooms where so comfortable that we really didn’t want to go out again, but just snuggle up into the room. The building is new as Rod and Kerry came back from Scotland four years ago to start a new adventure. They had previously run a hotel in Scotland in a historic building for 20 years so they know their way around the hospitality business. Kerry was born in Portrush so it made sense to start  Craignamara guesthouse here.


The breakfast room is light and beautiful and the view alone is worth taking an extra cup of tea or coffee. On top of that, everything is freshly made and delicious, so a total winner in all respects. If you’re doing the causeway route, definitely stay here for a few nights!

Disclaimer: We were in ireland by invitation of the Irish tourist board but all opinions are my own and I wasn’t asked to write about the guesthouse.

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Simone van den Berg

Travelling makes my heart beat just a little faster. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to discover the world and experience other cultures. Ever since our first far away trip to Mexico in 1997 I love to explore outside of Europe. Having said that: there is so much to see closer to home still! Combining travel with delicious food is the ultimate combination as far as I'm concerned. Of all my travels I have kept journals. That's why this site is called 'Paper Travels"

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