Fish and tackle supplies in Main Street. Fishing permits available here also. River Bush runs through Bushmills and fishing permits are needed to fish for a variety of fish and in particular the salmon which appear at the bridge or salmon leap. Fishing rods for children (approximate cost £ 10 ) have successfully caught fish from the sea just off the rocks opposite the cottages.
The Giant's Causeway visitor's centre is just 3 miles away by road although the Causeway cliff top path runs between the Causeway and Dunseverick castle ruin enabling visitors to walk the 5 miles along the path from the cottages to the Causeway itself. The coastal path continues in an easterly direction to Dunseverick harbour (a five minute walk away), Portbradden harbour (approximately 1.5 miles), White Park bay beach, Ballintoy harbour( approximately 3 miles distance and with a welcoming coffee shop) and on to the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge (National trust coffee shop). Wild flowers, sea birds, seals and dolphins may be seen along the route. The coastal path runs for approximately 18 miles. Alternatively a five minute stroll to Dunseverick harbour will provide you with spectacular views of Rathlin Island, the Mull of Kintyre and the Scottish islands of Islay and Jura.
The Causeway Rambler bus runs hourly along a circular route from Bushmills to Carrick-a-rede throughout the summer permitting visitors with a hop-on, hop-off opportunity. The bus stops at Dunseverick castle lay-by.
The harbour provides the opportunity to while away a few hours watching small fishing boats bringing home the catch of the day or children dangling crab lines over the harbour wall. A small museum provides visitors with a chance to see interesting artefacts of by-gone days. If you are feeling a bit more active you could take a swim in the rock pool near the harbour or walk further along the coastal path which will lead you the 1.5 miles to Portbradden harbour - a small row of brightly coloured cottages and where the smallest Church in Ireland can be visited.
There are a number of excellent golf courses within easy travelling distance of the cottages including the Royal Portrush Golf Course which is one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world. Also nearby is Portstewart Golf Club which has 45 holes over 3 courses and closer still is Bushfoot Golf Club.
Horse riding is available at a number of venues nearby including the Island Equestrian Centre near Coleraine and MaddyBenny Stud.
Cycle along the local coastline and you will be rewarded by magnificent views of Rathlin Island, making short detours to explore quaint harbours and beautiful beaches and enjoy ancient ruins and dramatic cliff scenery.
For more information visit the Northern Ireland Tourist Board site at www.discovernorthernireland.com
You can obtain a guide to cycling in Northern Ireland from Belfast Welcome Centre 028 9024 6609 and a guide to cycling in the Borough of Coleraine from Coleraine Tourist Information Centre 028 7034 4723