A day trip to Portrush #staycationchallenge

When my children’s school holidays are upon us I have to admit I get a little aaahh about it all. Day trips as a big family can be expensive! Even a simple trip to the cinema {with food after} can easily cost us £60; which is just insane. So, when Scottish Friendly got in touch, sharing a few easy ways to save money each month allowing us all more staycations, days out and cheap holidays through their Disposable Income Index. They went on to challenge us, as a family to have a fun day out on a budget, so, with it being half term we set about to do just that.

Affordable days out aren’t as hard to come by as you might think. You don’t need to go to super cool indoor soft play areas or pay a ridiculous amount of money to go swimming in the latest waterpark. We recently discovered that you can go anywhere within Northern Ireland by train, as a family {2 adults & 3 children} for just £22 {with Translink & NI Railways}. For £22! We don’t drive so knowing that we can go anywhere in N.I by train for such a small fee is an instant saver and invites us to explore more of our little island. Which is equally as exciting!

So recently, we packed a picnic, hopped on a train and got off at its final stop; Portrush. This little seaside town is a place where I spent lots of time as a child, so it was quite bittersweet being able to share it with my own family.
Portrush is known for its amusements and endless arcades but it also has the most glorious beach, beautiful sea views and deliciously quaint places to eat.

It was super cold and windy when we got there but you try keeping three beach loving kids away from the splashing waves on the shore and chasing each other on the sand. I dare you. 


The kids had such a fun time down on the beach, and just watching their happy faces was enough for me. In places like this technology becomes a second thought and being a kid who kicks the sand, washes their hands in the ocean, runs along the shore, falls and laughs at themselves becomes a natural thing.

Now, we couldn’t visit Portrush without letting the kids enjoy some amusements and since we were doing this staycation on a budget; we gave them each £5 too spend. They changed it into 10p & 2p coins {to make it last longer} and they had an absolute blast.

All in all, our staycation to Portrush cost us around £60. Which, considering as a family of five, travelling 60-odd miles up the north coast, some fun & food, it was certainly a budget day out for us. Especially when you factor in for the same price we would spend the same going to a local cinema followed by a McDonald’s or something.

So being able to get out into the fresh air, enjoy time as a family and make memories is just amazing. We certainly plan to have more day trips on a budget and making sure we look out for more affordable trips out for the family too!

*This is a collaborative post. 



  1. 13/03/2017 / 4:31 PM

    Great value, lovely pics and fab memories! #MarvMondays

  2. Fiona Cambouropoulos
    13/03/2017 / 6:02 PM

    Who doesn’t love a day at the beach no matter what the time of year. Perfect family fun and a bargain day for £22 #BigPinkLink

    • 13/03/2017 / 9:18 PM

      The beach is certainly an all round, any-weather location! You’ve no choice here in N.I! haha!

  3. Tooting Mama
    14/03/2017 / 3:10 PM

    When we visit the North Antrim coast we always have a trip to Portrush, we love it there! #MarvMondays

  4. Agent Spitback
    15/03/2017 / 9:40 PM

    Looks like you all had a wonderful day and for such a bargain as well. Sometimes it’s worth researching and doing a little bit of digging around to get the best value for money. Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

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