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Portstewart to Bushmills

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  • Fishing boat sculpture, Portstewart
    / Fishing boat sculpture, Portstewart
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  • / Causeway Coastal Way markers.
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  • / Leaving Portstewart.
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  • / Looking towards Portrush.
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  • / Way markers.
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  • / The Skerries from Ramore Point.
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  • / East Strand beach Portrush.
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  • / Sea stacks at Whitecliff Bay.
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  • / Cliff arch at Whitecliff Bay.
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  • / Limestone arch at Magheracross.
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  • / Dunluce Castle.
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This is a relatively easy day’s walk connecting the seaside towns of Portstewart and Portrush. From here the Coastal Way continues along the sweeping beach of Curran Strand then up onto the cliffs to Portballintrae and finishing in Bushmills. 


18,5 km
5:00 h
94 hm
112 hm

Leaving Portstewart along the promenade the Coastal Way skirts around the golf course to the famous seaside town of Portrush. Continuing past the harbour and around Ramore Head the path leads onto the sandy beach of Curran Strand towards the striking limestone cliffs at White Rocks. Passing the spectacular site of Dunluce Castle the route continues on to Portballintrae and finishing in Bushmills with its world renowned whiskey distillery. 


Look out for the Ulster Way & Causeway Coastal Way markers with their distinctive yellow fern logo on today’s walk. Follow these and you really can’t go wrong. Today’s walk has something for everyone. Sea birds are abundant with Gannets, Oystercatchers and Cormorants common. There are sandy beaches, cliffs with features such as stacks and arches as well as castle ruins and viewpoints. Great views of Rathlin Island, Islay, Jura and the Scottish mainland can be seen on a good day.
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You might encounter traffic on the road sections from Portrush to Bushmills but the pavements are continuous and there is no need to be on the road. The few climbs and descents on the path are not steep and most of the route is on the level. When walking the beach section on Curran Strand be mindful of the tide. If the tide is high and the weather bad take the alternative higher path through the sand dunes. Be mindful of the golfers on the courses from Portstewart and Portrush. Keep to the path and watch out for stray balls!


Weitere Infos und Links

The pleasant seaside town of Portstewart has a number of shops, cafes restaurants and bars where you can stock up with food and drink. There are also banks, cash machines, a post office and pharmacy in the town. Further facilities are available on the route at Portrush and Bushmills.


Points of Interest

Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Regarded as one of the best and most challenging links golf courses anywhere in the world it was host to the 148 th Open Championship in 2019. Founded in 1888 it occupies a triangular site of large sand hills and is overlooked by the ruins of Dunluce Castle.


Dunluce Castle.

The castle dates from the 1550’s and was the centre for the Scottish Clan McDonald in Antrim. It is surrounded by steep drops on each side which makes it particularly impressive site. It featured as a location in The Game of Thrones as Castle Pyke, the seat of House Greyjoy.


 The Old Bushmills Distillery.

This is the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery granted the license to distil in 1608. The Bushmills Company itself was not established until 1784 and is now considered to be one of the premier brands.








Fishing boat sculpture, Portstewart Promenade. (27 m)
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War Memorial and Clock Tower, Bushmills.


0.00 km – Standing with your back to the sea by the green fishing boat sculpture, TURN LEFT and walk along the promenade for approx 50 m. BEAR LEFT towards the small car park at Harbour Place and follow the signposts and markers for the Ulster Way & Causeway Coast Way between the buildings and up the concrete steps. At the top of the steps BEAR LEFT along the tarmac path and GO STRAIGHT ON around the red coastguard building. Continue along the promenade with the sea to your left for approx 0.5 km.

0.80 km – At the end of the promenade and blue railings TURN LEFT, following the marker post and GO STRAIGHT ON with the golf course on your right and past the pumping station.

2.10 km – Arriving at a wooden marker post TURN LEFT and cross the small wooden bridge. GO STRAIGHT ON along the black gravel path following the coastal path marker signs. There are good views of Rathlin Island and Scotland on a clear day. Passing several small car parks continue on the path for approx 2 kms with the sea close on your left.

4.50 km – At Ballyreagh Castle viewpoint, BEAR LEFT with the path parallel to the main road and GO STRAIGHT ON to emerge at the road in

100 m. TURN LEFT onto the tarmac footpath following the marker signpost and GO STRAIGHT ON towards Portrush.

4.90 km – At the Portrush signpost BEAR LEFT away from the main road and GO STRAIGHT ON along the signed coastal path and cycleway 93 for approx 2 kms. Continue along the promenade around the bay and into Portrush.

6.30 km – At the end of the promenade TURN RIGHT then almost immediately TURN LEFT around the small harbour and over the footbridge.

6.60 km – At the end of the bridge TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON up the hill and small steps to the road. TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON between the buildings again following the coastal way signs around Ramore Head.

7.60 km – Arriving at a road TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON along the sea front path, past the old harbour, nature reserve and Coastal Zone Centre. Continue up the road and small flight of steps.

8.20 km – At the top of the steps TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON, along the promenade path, with the sea to the left for approx 1 km around East Strand Bay.

9.20 km – At the end of the promenade GO STRAIGHT ON along the beach, Curran Strand, for approx 2 kms. Follow the markers at the base of the sand dunes which mark the position of the high tide.

11.2 km – At the end of Curran Strand BEAR RIGHT off the beach and onto a wooden board walk, through the dunes, past a car park and up the steps by the lifeguard hut. GO STRAIGHT ON along the prominent white gravel path signed Whiterocks Cliff Path.

11.8 km – Arriving at a viewpoint TURN LEFT along the narrow pavement by the main road and GO STRAIGHT ON, passing the Magheracross Viewpoint and Dunluce Castle. GO STRAIGHT ON alongside the main A2 road for a further 1.5 kms, towards Bushmills following the Coastal Way markers.

15.5 km – At a prominent Coastal Way signpost, TURN LEFT off the road and through a wooden gate. GO STRAIGHT ON down through the field to the bottom left hand corner.

15.8 km – TURN RIGHT through the wooden gate and follow the narrow path behind the buildings. Emerging at a small tarmac road (Gortnee Drive), GO STRAIGHT ON to the end and TURN LEFT. Follow the road a short distance to a road junction.

16.2 km – At the junction TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON towards Portballintrae and the harbour.

16.5 km – At the small roundabout TURN RIGHT onto Ballaghmore Road and GO STRAIGHT ON along the tarmac pavement for approx 1.5 kms towards Bushmills.

18.0 km – At the road junction BEAR LEFT then in 100m just before the bridge, TURN RIGHT over the road and down the steps to follow the path beside the River Bush to the footbridge.

18.3 km – TURN LEFT over the footbridge and follow the path to the left, through the small car park and onto the main street.

18.4 km – TURN LEFT onto the main street and GO STRAIGHT ON to the roundabout, War Memorial and Clock Tower.

18.5 km - Arriving at the War Memorial and Clock Tower you have reached the end of your walk.









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Good boots or walking shoes are recommended as the terrain is variable on this walk. Walking poles can be carried if you prefer, although they will hardly be needed on this section. 

Irish weather can be unpredictable and also wet so it is important to be prepared at all times. Waterproofs should be carried as well as a hat and gloves and maybe an extra layer just in case. In the summer sunscreen is also recommended.


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