The History

The only Coastguard Boathouse available to stay in on Belfast Lough. A must for sea lovers - the Boathouse is so close to the sea that the waves often touch it’s windows. Unique panoramic views of the Lough, of Holywood, Carrickfergus and Titanic quarter.


A view you can see at no other place in Belfast. See Belfast’s famous cranes as you make dinner. Watch the cruise ships arrive and leave Belfast Lough, and see the mussel trawlers harvest the Lough.  Located directly  opposite the old coal pier - which was where linen was traded from up to 1930s.  A tidal clock is provided so you catch the low tide and explore the ruin and sea wrecks at the Boat house. Children staying get a free pirate kit and treasure map to help them explore the Boat House and ship wrecks.

The Boat House has a  slipway for visitor’s  use with seating so you can people watch -  with direct access to beach, cycle path and walk.

The boat house is, despite its close links to Belfast city, is set in a private historical row of Coastguard Cottages and is really quiet.  It has its own private entrance and is detached.  The owners live nearby and are on hand to help as much or as little as required.

Each visitor gets a welcome email giving them 20 must do visits - and advance notice of attractions to book via a live Facebook page.

The heritage building has kept much of its historical attributes but with new mod-cons - new bed and sprung mattress (hand made in Belfast of course) shower, oven, microwave and retro fridge freezer.  It is all newly painted and just renovated and is open now. All approvals are in place with Tourism NI.


The Boathouse offers visitors a quiet retreat in a very special place - but is a five min train ride from Belfast City Centre or you could catch the bus right outside the private lane. 

Dogs are welcome to stay at the boat house. We are brand new - that’s why we have no ratings but please be assured of a lovely visit in an unique place - you will want to return to again and again.


The Location 

The Coastguard Boat House on Belfast Lough is exceptionally well located. It offers a quiet space but in ten minutes (by car or train)  you can be in Belfast City Centre. The train station is five minutes away in a well lit walk, the bus stop is right outside the private lane on which the Boat House is located.  You can be at the Titanic Belfast Museum in ten minutes, the world's leading Belfast attraction, and take in MHS Caroline and the Nomadic.  

Local sites within walking distance include the 400 year old White House 400 years. Only a 20 minute walk away the building is  now restored into a beautiful visitor centre . The White House tells both the story of the Williamite and Jacobite Wars from a European perspective and the story of this historic building’s past right up to the present day. The building itself dates back to the 1500. Twin this visit with a short journey to Carrickfergus Castle, only ten minutes away this is one of Ireland's most famous landmarks. Situated, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough, the castle was besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French.  The castle played an important military role until 1928 and now houses historical displays.  You can also visit Belfast Zoo or Belfast Castle (five minutes away) , the views from Belfast Castle and from the Cavehill Hill  are simply stunning - don't forget to visit the Castle's website and check out their entertainment  schedule with live theatre offers and murder mystery nights on most weeks. Children will love the cat's garden and he adventure playground. 

Jordanstown Village is a three minute walk away and has a good supermarket, take aways (Indian, Chinese, Italian) and there is two good fish and chips shops less than two minutes away. There is five restaurants and coffee shops if you want to eat out and most are dog friendly.

  • Free resident car parking

  • Free high-speed internet

  • Free Wifi access

  • Fully fitted kitchen

  • Fridge freezer, microwave  

  • Tea & coffee making facilities

  • High chair & cot be

  • Dog friendly utensils 

  • European (extra long bed)

  • Laundry facilities

  • DVD player

  • Iron & ironing board


Tel: +44 (0)7768775550

E-MAIL: carolmagill@btinternet.com

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