- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Travel to Portstewart
A must-visit for any beach lover, Portstewart is located in County Derry. A popular seaside resort, the town of Portstewart contains a harbour, coastal paths and two miles of sandy beaches which are known as the Strand. The main activities in the town are sea-based, such as surfing and swimming, but there are also a number of cliff walks and trails that attract visitors who like to explore. The current town was founded in 1791 by John Cromie, and it was named after his maternal ancestors, the Stewarts of Ballylesse. However, there is evidence of settlement in the area from as far back as the Neolithic era. The town’s architecture and design reflects the Sabbatarian lifestyle of Cromie; therefore, it has a genteel and refined character. Key heritage landmarks in the town include the Dominican Convent and College, which was built on the former site of O’Hara’s Castle, and Saint Patrick’s Well at the top of the strand. This was once used for horse racing.