Portrush is a small seaside resort town on the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland. The name Portrush from Irish: Port Rois, meaning “promontory port”, however, has also had several variations including Portross and Port Ruis throughout the years.
The town is on the Antrim side of the border between County Antrim and County (London)Derry. The central part of Portrush town centre is built on a mile long peninsula, called Ramore Head, pointing out northwards into the Atlantic Ocean. This is where most of the hotels, restaurants and bars are situated.
Portrush is probably best known for, among many many other things, for its amazing beaches. These are East Strand (Strand meaning Beach), West Strand and White Rocks, which both have been awarded Blue Flag status, that recognises their water quality and facilities.
Portrush lies in the Causeway Local Council Ward or Causeway Coast and Glens Council. The town also lies in the East Londonderry constituency for the UK Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.
Portrush has a population of 6454 (2011 census), up from 6372 in 2001.
This was broken down as
– 18.89% aged under 16 years and 19.09% aged 65 and over;
– 48.22% of the usually resident population were male, and 51.78% were female, and 42 years was the average (median) age of the people.
On the eastern side of the town, the two links golf courses of Rathmore and Royal Portrush Golf Club, which hosted the 1951 British Open golf championship and will host the 2019 Open in July.
There is also a municipal 9 hole course on the western side of the town along the coast road towards Portstewart, Ballyreagh Golf Course.