Hello - My husband, myself and our 16 yr old will be taking my husband's elderly parents to Magherafelt (evidently where the ancestors are from) in mid-May. My son wants to see the Giant's Causeway and is interested in castles. Other than that, we have no plans, so will likely just drive around and see whatever looks interesting (drive the coast between Larne and the Giant's Causeway?)
It also does not matter too much where we stay, although I'd like to stay generally northeast of Magherafelt just to keep things contained. I have contacted the Terrace Hotel in Magherafelt, and the Avarest Hotel in Portrush with inquiries; are these good choices? I like Portrush because of the beach (at least, it looks like it has a beach for walking on) but don't want to get too touristy. We must have somewhere on the ground floor or with a lift - and I am trying to hit the balance between the parents' need for quiet, and my husband's need of a pint away after a day with the parents... ANY advice is helpful at this point. After N.Ireland we will be going to the Argyll region of Scotland; I presume we will catch the ferry at Larne?