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Fancy traveling to an unknown place in the world, only to find yourself lost, broke and possibly hitchhiking your way back halfway across the world just to get back home. Well, Portrush may not live up to the billing of top places to visit in Ireland, but it sure as day has a fair share of delightful treats for the occasional traveler who happens to stop by. But to describe it as a seaside resort town is a bit of an understatement considering the rich tradition of a town located in some of the farthest areas of Northern Ireland. Traveling on a whim can herald a few surprises of its own, so it would be a pretty good idea to keep your eyes wide open at ALL times for you're in for a rude awakening.

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With a history that stretches as far back as 4000 BC, Portrush originally grew around it's strategic geographic location, which at the time, allowed the local populations to thrive without little disturbance. Later exposed to what was inevitable Roman influence at the time, this town experienced steady growth over the millennia that followed. Perhaps its most significant progressive impact came in later years with the construction of the once famed Giant Causeway Tramway. With this it thrived as a fishing town which also doubled as a resort town, attracting tourists from mainland Ireland. With a population of just over 6 000 people, it suffices to say that not much has changed since then, but like I said earlier, it can still throw a punch or two.

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Coastal Zone Complex

Run by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Coastal Zone at Portrush consists mainly of exhibition spaces that provide an in-depth peek into the natural and local history of Portrush. While it's a snore to some, the kind of rare insights that are provided give you a greater appreciation of nature and the need to preserve culture for future generations. As icing to an already delicious cake, there's a nature reserve nearby.

Royal Portrush Golf Club

It's hard to imagine how such a seemingly tiny town could have played host to the British Open in 1951. Though a looooooong time ago, Portrush has a golfing tradition that is quite healthy indeed.

Dunluce Castle

Just nearby is Dunluce Castle. For the avid Game of Thrones follower, this is one for the ages. Defying all modern engineering logic, this castle was built strategically on a hill that boasts of views that canvass a great deal of the coastline. And as the history of the place is narrated to you - by the way, there are awesome predated pictures and paintings for good measure- you're instantly gripped by a sense of awe at how past civilizations used to co-exist, or well at least tried to. Excellent picnic spots and breathtaking scenery that provide for memorable pics and videos.

Then there's Barry's Amusements, which is a must see amusement park if your convoy includes kids, Skerries for rock climbers and cave hunters and Lush night club for those who take their coffee black with a tinge of Irish Whisky.