A moderate walk running from Portrush via Portballintrae to Bushmills, taking in beach, cliff and castle.
Distance:6.6 (one way) miles
Point of interest:Portrush Harbour, Whiterocks Beach, Dunluce Castle, Portballintrae Bay and Harbour.
Getting to the start by public transport:Portrush (Dunluce Avenue) and Bushmills (Diamond) are linked by the Ulsterbus 132 bus route, please see the Translink link below for timetable details.
Getting to the start by car:The walk starts at Portrush Harbour. To get here from the A2 Dunluce Road, continue into Portrush past Royal Portrush Golf Club. At the roundabout continue straight on onto Causeway Street, at the end of which bear left onto Eglinton Street past the Church on the left. At the traffic lights and the junction with Mark Street, bear right onto Kerr Street. At the end of which bear left down to the Harbour car park.
Terrain:Beach, formal paths, minor road
Route:From Portrush Harbour, continue up past the Ramore Wine Bar and around Ramore Head. The route continues onto a formal pathway passing Portandubh Harbour and Portrush Countryside Centre and Nature Reserve. Proceed to the Curran Strand passing the former salmon fishery at Porteen. Follow the strand eastwards for almost its entire length to a small gap in the dunes leading to Whiterocks car park. Take the winding road uphill to join the main A2 Portrush to Bushmills Road. The route continues along the A2 passing the Magheracross viewpoint to Dunluce Castle and onto Portballintrae. Continue past the B145 junction for a short distance to where a way marked track known as the ‘Port Hedge’ crosses fields into Portballintrae village. Continue round the bay past the harbour to the car park. Continue following the path along the coast, take the path to the right before reaching the bridge over the River Bushfoot. Continue straight through the car park of Bushfoot Golf Club and follow the path to reach the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway. Turn right and follow the path along the railway line to the Bushmills Station. Turn left onto the Ballaghmore Road and left again onto the Dunluce Road to continue into Bushmills.
Facilities:Car park available at Ramore Head, Portballintrae Harbour and on street parking in Bushmills.