Bushmills – Ulster Scots Walk

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This is a circular route starting and finishing at the Ulster Scots Alphabet Angel statue in Bushmills. It’s a flat course, part of it following the old Causeway Tram Route, and also taking in the River Bush and the beautiful Bushfoot Strand.

It’s about 2.25 miles but there’s also the option of extending the route along the beach or shortening it by parking at the heritage railway carpark on the Ballaghmore road.

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County Antrim

Distance 2.25 miles

OS Map Sheet 4

Terrain Variety of coastal walks

Nearest Town Bushmills

Route Shape Circular

Grid Reference C92937 42241

Route Type Coastal, Urban

Route Description

You can leave a car at the Causeway Park and Ride and then cross over to the unique alphabet angel statue nearby. Erected in 2004, it was the first sculpture in the world to celebrate the Ulster Scots language.
Follow the lane towards The Bushmills Inn, and then continue along the footpath heading out of town towards Portballintrae. You’ll see the River Bush below. After crossing the bridge, turn right. The Heritage Railway Line follows the track of the old Giant’s Causeway Tram, which closed down in 1949 after decades of transporting tourists and sightseers in style along the coast. The track still runs all the way to the Causeway today but follow on just as far as the beach.
The route runs through the Bushfoot Golf Course so be aware of flying golf balls and stick to the path which takes you to this bridge over the river. To return to the town, turn left to take the boardwalk along the side of the river alongside the sand dunes – or climb down to the beautiful Bushfoot Strand or Runkerry Beach as it’s also known.
For a longer walk you could also continue along the railway path to the far end of the strand and walk back along the strand. Whether you take the longer or the shorter path, you will need to cross the three quarter bridge to find the path up. Walk across the golf club carpark and find the railway path again, from where you’ll turn right to retrace your steps to Bushmills.
Check out the additional videos with more Ulster-Scots details about the area. The videos are designed for smart phones or tablets so you can listen while you walk.

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Point of Interest

The Bushmills & Giants Causeway Heritage Railway

Getting to the start

You can leave a car at the Causeway Park and Ride and then cross over to the unique alphabet angel statue nearby.

Public transport

Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Dog Policy

Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.

Facilities

Refreshments and toilets available in Bushmills and Portballintrae

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

  • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
  • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
  • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
  • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.