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Ballintoy to Bushmills

Discover the wonders that lie along the Causeway Coast, including Portballintrae, Portbradden, Dunseverick Harbour and the Giant's Causeway. The route includes walking on beaches, across rocks and along cliff top paths following the Causeway Coast Way, one of the most spectacular cliff top paths in the UK!




12.4 miles

OS Map


Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Beach, Coastal


Single file track, beaches, unev

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Ballintoy Harbour, White Park Bay, Dunseverick Castle, Benbane Head, the Giant's Causeway.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

From Ballintoy harbour car park, follow the Causeway Coast Way path in a westerly direction, passing low dunes and damp pastures. Cross a stile leading past rock stacks to access the narrow end of White Park Bay Beach. The beach offers easy walking along its length. Continue across uneven rocks and chalk boulders to access Portbradden. Care is needed when crossing these rocks. During high tide, Portbradden can be accessed by joining the main coast road via the track at the youth hostel, and taking the winding road down to Portbradden. Continue along the coast, passing through the arch at Gid Point. Continue along the path passing a series of rocky bays to Dunseverick Harbour. From the lay-by at Dunseverick, follow the path in a westerly direction passing by Portmoon Salmon Fishery, Contham Head and Benbane and Bengore Head. Between Benbane and Bengore is Hamiltons Seat, the highest point on the walk which offers superb views. Continue along the path passing the Bays of Port na Tober, Port na Spaniagh and the Ampitheatre. An optional detour is to take the ‘Shepherd’s steps’ down to the waters edge to experience the hexagonal basalt formations that make the Giant's Causeway a World Heritage Site.

From here follow the tarmac path to the visitors centre or follow the cliff top path to the visitors centre. Continue through the car park to the junction of the Causeway Road and the Runkerry Road. Follow the Runkerry Road for 300 meters to arrive at the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway. Follow the path along side the railway track along its length until arrival at the Bushmills Station on the Ballaghmore Road, Bushmills.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The walk starts at Ballintoy Harbour car park. To get here follow the Main Street west out of Ballintoy for 500m, and turn right. Ballintoy Harbour car park is 1.6km away at the end of the Harbour Road.


Dogs are not allowed.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible) - (Ballintoy Harbour and Bushmills)
Shop (wheelchair accessible) - (Bushmills)
Disabled toilets


Free car parking available at Ballintoy Harbour and Bushmills town centre, or at Bushmills Train Station for a £5 fee.



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Ratings and Comments

Monica 15 March, 2019 @ 08:33

Beautiful walk on a sunny Saturday in March. We parked the car at the war memorial car park in Bushmill (free). Took the bus to Ballintoy Harbour and walked along the coast up to the Giant's Causeway to watch the sun set. The path is well marked and relatively easy to walk, but make sure to wear proper shoes as some parts can be a bit slippery. Stunning views, well worth it. It took us about 4.5 hours to complete the walk at a relatively high pace. We missed the last bus back to Bushmills, but were offered a ride back by a very friendly local.

Laura 25 April, 2017 @ 23:54

5 stars for beauty but it could have had a little more fencing. Walking in a strong Northern wind it was quite thrilling on the clifftops between Giant's Causeway and Dunseverick Castle with nothing more to hold on to then some metal wire along the sheep fence (right along some barbed wire). The views were stunning so it was worth the scare. There is now a path over/around the landslide which did not seem to be a real detour. The way is marked well up to date info is available at local tourist informations. We parked at Carrick-a-Rede (because it's free), then took the rambler bus (only peak season from april) for 3 pounds pp and walked back from Giant's Causeway. This turned out to be convenient as the wind delayed us quite a bit and we would have missed the last bus had we walked the opposite direction. Excellent food & cakes available in Ballintoy Harbour.

Ian Montgomery 17 February, 2014 @ 11:11

Parked the car in Bushmills and took the bus to Carrick-a-rede (£3.40 rip off but extremely pleasant bus driver) Set off to walk at 12noon on a beautiful Feb day. Managed to get past the landslide near Dunseverick by hopping over the fence - probably not recommended but can't imagine we did much damage to land or fence, anyway, it's way past time this was repaired or a decent detour offered. Stopped here and there to take in the outstanding scenery and arrived back in Bushmills shortly after 5. Fantastic day out

Julie Allen 5 July, 2013 @ 20:53

A most amazing walk that I should have done years ago. Parked car in Bushmills and took the Goldliner to Ballintoy £3.40. The path is still closed between Portbradded and Dunservick which is a shame but well worth the walk.

Robert Sergeant 30 April, 2012 @ 10:35

Walk "Ballintoy - Bushmills"

The coastal path between Portbradden and Dunservick Harbour is close and likely to be closed for some time. Attempts to pass the landslide is very dangerous - Unoffical detour maybe available.

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