We love hearing about members' home swap experiences. We were therefore delighted to receive the follow trip report from Home Base Holidays member, Marguerite, from her recent nine day home exchange in Portstewart, Northern Ireland.
"We have just spent nine days in Portstewart, with a short sortie to Donegal. We had beautiful weather missing the heatwave here whilst enjoying the Atlantic waves in Portstewart.
Alison's apartment in Portstewart is very comfortable, and ideally placed for coastal walks and beaches. I had seen an excellent documentary on the Irish coast a couple of years ago, which included an episode on Mussenden Temple, so imagine my surprise and joy to find the temple within a short walking distance!
We were close enough to visit Derry and very much enjoyed the city... which definitely merits a second visit as there is so much to see.
A walk to the Giants Causeway was enhanced by advice from a local guide we bumped into... we started the walk from 5 miles east of the causeway, walking one way and catching the bus back to the car, all very easy and enjoyable. Stunning cliff views, not to mention seals, porpoises, hawks and hundreds of painted lady butterflies.
I think this area is one of the most environmentally cared for places I have ever visited, the wild flowers and the fauna were stunning!
One more thing we found very refreshing... there were many many parking places with picnic tables and places to safely BBQ, all clean and most with wonderful views, and all free.
I highly recommend Portstewart and it's surroundings, and a big thank you to Alison for her welcome and thoughtfulness."
Meet the members:
Marguerite (in photo) is a retired teacher and avid traveller.
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