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Coastguard Boathouse


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Three Star Quality Assurance
477A Shore Road, Whiteabbey, Newtownabbey, Newtownabbey, Antrim, BT37 0SP
bedroom can sleep four people .


The Coastguard Boat House on Belfast Lough is one of a kind - the only boathouse you can sleep in on this Lough. Located less than a metre at high tide, the Boat House is completely self contained so is very safe and with heaps of heritage offers visitors a very unique experience.

A must for sea and dog lovers - or for anyone who craves the sea.

The Boat House has a slipway for visitor’s use with seating so you can watch the sea - with direct access to beach, cycle path and walk. A tidal clock is provided so you catch the low tide and explore the ruin and sea wrecks at the Boat house.

The Boat House offers the best of all worlds. It is completely self contained with car parking and full self catering facilities and offers self check in so it is a very safe place to stay. If you wish to venture out Whiteabbey village is less than 5 mins away with a grocery store, dog & family friendly restaurants and pubs. Village life is quiet, but if you want to see Belfast's attractions then a 10 minute drive, bus or train journey takes you there. There is a train station less than a 5 min walk from the Boat House which takes you into the city centre in less than 5 mins. A bus stop is right outside.

The heritage building has kept much of its historical attributes, including a window dating from the Seventeenth Century, original beams and Boat House rigging. Converted in 2019, with further upgrades in April 2020 and 2021, the Boat House has new mod-cons - new bed and sprung mattress, shower, oven, microwave and retro fridge freezer, wi-fi and TV with DVD player.  Covered outdoor eating area and two windows offering excellent ventiliation and sea breeze.
The Boat house can sleep up to four adults plus a child under 12 in a King sized bed (extra long), and double bed; and sofa bed.

Get your buckets and spades at the ready as the beach right outside the front door!



  • Guide dogs permitted


  • Local Produce

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Child seat available
  • Children's videos/DVDs available
  • Cot & Highchair Available
  • Highchairs Available

Establishment Features

  • Cater for females
  • Cater for individuals
  • Cater for males
  • Central heating throughout
  • Gift vouchers
  • Hairdryers
  • Ironing facilities
  • Linen available free of charge
  • Linen provided
  • Pets accepted
  • Prior Booking Required
  • Private Garden
  • Private rooms
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Towels available
  • Washing & Drying facilities on site

Leisure Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Television in lounge/TV room
  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • Additional charge for pets
  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Deposit Reqired
  • Euros accepted
  • Midweek breaks
  • Monthly rates available
  • Short breaks available
  • Weekend breaks

Provider Preferences

  • Dogs Welcome Inside
  • Dogs Welcome Outside
  • In countryside
  • In Market Town
  • In town/city centre
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Max group size
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Seafront
  • Waterfront

Room / Unit Features

  • CD Player in all units
  • Central Heating Extra
  • Central heating in all units
  • Drying Facilities in all units
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer in all units
  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Hairdryer Available
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Hairdryer in all units
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Microwave
  • Non smoking rooms available
  • Pets accepted in some units
  • Sleeps 4
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • Washing Machine

Specialist Features

  • Disabled access rooms
  • Special provisions for lone female travellers

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Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

* The Coastguard Boat House is open all year round. Five day minimum stay from July - August. Three day minimum stay at other times of the year, but two day stays are possible depending on availability.

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Road Directions

Located at the very start of the Causeway Coastal route, only 15 minutes drive/train/bus  from Belfast city centre but located in a private lane away from traffic right on coastal path.

Public Transport Directions

A car is not essential as there is a bus stop right outside the private lane on which the Coastguard Boat House is located, but if you wish to bring a car free car parking is provided (right beside the boat house.)  There is also a train station a 5 minute walk away.  Shops, restaurants and pubs are less than a 5 minute walk away in Whiteabbey beside the sea - a small village. 

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