Dunseverick – Ulster Scots Walk

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This route follows part of the spectacular Causeway Coast Way and takes in White Park Bay and Dunseverick Harbour. It’s an out and back route of 2.5miles if you go to the harbour or a mile each way longer if you go to the ruins of Dunseverick Castle. There is a variety of terrain, it shouldn’t be walked at high tide and we’ll consider the close links between here and scotland.

To find out more about the Ulster Scots history of Dunseverick, check out the Danders Aroon videos in the Route Description section below.

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  • On a hot July day with low mist lying along the coast, we couldn’t see the far views, but were glad of the relative ‘shade’ provided by the cloud! It’s still a good walk even without the far views. NB, ‘cliff path’ sections of the path are slightly overgrown with grasses, nettles, thistles and hogweed edging the path – takes careful stepping if wearing shorts (I should have known better). On the way back I enjoyed tying up my boots and walking through the sea across White Park Bay – in better weather I’d recommend finishing with a swim!

    Rosemary at 6:03 pm
  • One of the best (if not the best) walks on the north coast, a must see. You MUST check the tide for the section between Whitepark bay and Portbradden as i believe its impassable at high tide. Walk takes in varied scenery – Whitepark Bay, Portbradden, Dunseverick Harbour, falls and castle. Passes beach, rocky outcrops, fields, tarmac and gravel paths. Toilets available at Dunseverick Harbour. Approx 3.2miles one way from Whitepark bay to Dunseverick castle. I did it comfortably in 2.5 hours with no stops. Have to scramble over rocks between Whitepark bay and Portbradden. Probably 12stiles to climb over on the way.

    Tom at 3:10 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 2.5 or 4.5

    OS Map 4

    Terrain Grassy cliff edge paths, stiles

    Nearest Town Bushmills

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference C98724 44463

    Route Type Coastal, Hill

    Route Description

    Start at the National Trust car park just off the A2 between Ballycastle and Bushmills and follow the path and some steps down towards the beach. At the end of the beach, or strand, hug the bottom of the cliffs making your way carefully over the rocks and boulders to Portbraddan. There’s a little yellow sign just beyond the salmon fishery – follow that sign onto the narrow path round the headland and from there pick up the blue and yellow Causeway Coast Way markers.
    The combination of sea and stone round here has created so many fantastic features. Continue the walk along the marked way through fields and over wooden stiles and you will eventually arrive at Dunseverick Harbour. At this point in the walk, you can either turn back to White Park Bay along the same path or extend the trip to take in Dunseverick falls and the ruined castle by following the Causeway Coast Way markers. That will be another 2 miles walking in total there and back, but well worth it.


    ‘The Coast and the Hamely Tongue’

    Point of Interest

    White Park Bay, Portbraddan, Dunseverick Harbour and Castle ruins.

    Getting to the start

    Start at the National Trust car park at White Park Bay.

    Public transport

    Translink Journey Planner –

    Dog Policy

    Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads


    Car parking is available.