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West Bay & Ramore Head

Enjoy a circular coastal walk around Portrush peninsula, taking in West Strand Beach, Portrush Harbour, Ramore Head, the Arcadia area and East Strand promenade. The walk is entirely along surfaced footpaths, and generally flat, except for the Ramore Head section. Steps encountered at harbour section.




2 to 3 miles

OS Map

Sheet 4

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Coastal walk on surfaced paths

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Portrush Countryside Centre, rock formations

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Causeway Coast

Route Description

Starting at West Strand Car Park, follow the promenade or beach towards the harbour. Take time to explore the small RNLI museum on the left before crossing the footbridge over the harbour. Turn right and climb the steps adjacent to the restaurant, before turning left towards Ramore Head. Follow the paths around this coastal headland, taking time to enjoy the panoramic views afforded. Continue around Lansdowne car park and follow the path past Portrush Countryside Centre. Take time to explore the Centre (seasonal opening - free admission) and read the interpretation panels on the adjacent rocks relating to the area's geology. If time permits, visit the recently refurbished Antrim Gardens on the right. Interpretation panels outline the area's maritime and archaeological heritage. Follow the path along Bath Road and Bath Terrace towards the Arcadia. Continue along the promenade towards East Strand, and having passed the new Watersports Centre, turn sharp right to emerge onto Causeway Street. Turn left and continue along Causeway Street until reaching Crocknamack Road. Turn right and continue along Crocknamack Road until reaching the roundabouts and the starting point at West Strand Car Park.

Getting to the Start

West Strand Car Park, accessed via Portstewart Road, through archway under railway line


Refreshments and toilets available in Portrush



Publication Availability


Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
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Ratings and Comments

Graeme Roberts 26 April, 2016 @ 13:47

Great varied walk with the new west strand promenade being refurbished a few years ago and great little cafe at the end of the beach on the pier . Really good mix of town beach and rocky headland. We do this walk every month or two and always something new to see. Its also fantastic if there are heavy seas or at the tail end of a storm when the contrast between the calm of the harbour and the crashing waves on the headlands is stark.

Robert Nesbitt 14 September, 2009 @ 21:05

I do this walk Every Year and Admire the Changes that Happen through the Seasons but there is one Problem since they Demolished the christian Fellowship place Next to barrys asmusment park the council Forgot the Promenade on the west Strand it Should have Been made a bit wider as during the Airshow every Year people are forced into the Bottleneck and cannot get access in Both Directions as for the Ramore Head Part it is My Favourite Place as for the Cliff top walks and the Sea Caverns come Alive with the Atlantic Ocean and is the Best Place to Watch the Airshow as the Planes Come Close to the Cliff head and the View is Better than the west Bay wrea

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