Coastal Cliff Path Walk to Layd Church

Walking Route

The walk is a coastal cliff path walk beginning at Shore Street, Cushendall at the entrance to the golf club and following the laneway northwards for approximately 200m before turning right onto the cliff path. Continue along the cliff path passing Salmon Rock and Port Vinegar taking you to the ruins of Layd Church a a 13th century Franciscan foundation. Chief burial place of the MacDonnell's after Bonamargy which has been built at least three times and served as a parish church from 1306 to the end of the 18th century. Fine stones in the graveyard include a cross in memory of Doctor James MacDonnell, pioneer in the use of chloroform for surgical operations. Open access all year round.

A 13th century Franciscan foundation. Chief burial place of the MacDonnell's after Bonamargy which has been built at least three times and served as a parish church from 1306 to the end of the 18th century. Fine stones in the graveyard include a cross in memory of Doctor James MacDonnell, pioneer in the use of chloroform for surgical operations. Open access all year round.

Distance:

0.5 miles

Start Point:

D245289

Finish Point:

D245289

Point of interest:

Layd Church, coastal views

Nearest town:

Cushendall

OS map:

Sheet 5

Terrain:

Hard core and grass path

Route:

In the Village of Cushendall take the Shore Road and park in the layby (toilets are located at the layby).

Follow the laneway northwards for approx. 200m, turn right onto the cliff path and follow the path along the coast to Layd Church.

Facilities:

Toilet and car parking facilities are available at the layby at the start of the walk. There are a number of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops situated in the village of Cushendall.

Accessible terrain:

Unsurfaced track, fairly steep

Publication:

None

Getting to the start by public transport:

From Cushendall, take the coastal road to Cushendun. Car park is 1.6km along this road.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre
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