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Heritage Railway Path

This short circular walk near Bushfoot Golf Club in the north coast resort of Portballintrae takes in stunning coastal scenery against the backdrop of the River Bush, Runkerry Strand, the Giants Causeway and Bushmills Heritage Railway.

This walk can easily be extended to provide coastal off-road access to the Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site.

There are other walks of different lengths and degrees of difficulty,  all starting at the Council's car park on Bushfoot Road.  All of the walks offer fantastic coastal scenery along this beautifully rugged section of the Causeway Coast.




1.5 miles

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Point of Interest

The Bushmills & Giants Causeway Heritage Railway

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Causeway Coast

Route Description

The starting point is the Council's car park on Bushfoot Road, adjacent to Bushfoot Golf Club.

Leave the car park and proceed inland along the laneway towards the Heritage Railway line. Take care crossing the railway line and turn left onto the shared use path (Part of National Cycle Network Route 93).

The railway has been built to the Irish narrow gauge of three feet (0.915m) and runs for 2 miles along the track bed of the former Giant’s Causeway Tram. The tramway opened in 1883 and was hailed as the world’s first commercially run 'hydro-electric' powered tram system. It originally ran from Portrush to Bushmills with a later extension added to the Giants Causeway. The tramway ran for 65 years before finally closing down in 1949.

Proceed along the path towards the River Bush. Take care crossing the golf course - observe the warning signage and give way to golfers. Having crossed the Bush, after about 100m turn left onto a sandy track and proceed over sandy grassland keeping the river to your left.

Follow the boardwalk along the edge of the river and follow the path towards the wooden footbridge, known locally as the Threequarter Footbridge. Having crossed the bridge follow the path for approx. 100m and then turn left along the signed public footpath. Follow this path to the golf club car park and proceed to the starting point in the adjacent Council car park.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

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Getting to the Start (by Car)

Follow signs for Portballintrae. When approaching the village from Bushmills along Ballaghmore Road, turn right into Bushfoot Road (signed for Bushfoot Golf Club). At the end of this dead-end road turn right into Council's car park (walks start point). The car park on the left is Bushfoot Golf Club's private car park.


Dogs are allowed.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5


Refreshments and toilets available in Bushmills and Portballintrae



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Ratings and Comments

Johnny 3 May, 2017 @ 19:07

Overall condition of path good over the unusually dry winter. However on wet mornings large areas of water accumulated on path surface at turn up to golf club car park and at bottom of slope down from crossover on far side of culvert over burn near Runkerry.Still a vast improvement prior to work being carried out last summer. I walk a dog on this path unfortunately some people are still not lifting up after their dogs SHAME as path is now well maintained & Council has the decency to provide bags for this purpose.

Johnny 11 August, 2016 @ 11:10

Section from rail/ pedestrian bridge to Runkerry.Tractor & cutter working on it past week cutting back sides of path 2 to 3 metres in places hacking back brambles etc which provide winter food for wild life which were not obstructing path the width of cutter run up each side would of been suffice instead of going backwards & forwards churning up path surface.Summery left a mess with no concern for surrounding natural environment I hope it is the councils intention to screed surface of this hardcore path from start at Bushmills to Runkerry.Section Bushmills to Bridge i give 4 stars a couple of weeks ago if the council return and either screed surface or fill up potholes an hollows i would give this section 5 stars.

Johnny 2 August, 2016 @ 19:21

I am sad to say workmen carrying out maintenance on path have not returned since 8th of July work done so far ie grass,hedge cutting & path returned to original width good but nothing has been done to path surface which is poor in places this path is used regularly in winter by dog walkers, joggers,people with health problems who need to walk such as joint,heart,blood pressure problems etc it is a well used path twelve months of the year

Johnny 7 July, 2016 @ 16:55

At long long last the new council causeway coast and Glens have finally started work reinstating path to ordinal width of 1.8 meters as the overgrowth had reduced it to 0.5 metres in places also had quite a few hollows & potholes full of water and was really unsuitable for walkers and cyclist sharing the one path well done CC&G Borough Council rating apples to work done so far as it was unrateable before

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