Dunseverick – Ulster Scots Walk
Please note that there are improvement works to a run of steps leading down to the grassland below the road that winds down to Dunseverick Harbour which are to be carried out over the next 4 – 6 weeks. Diversions will be posted directing walkers to an alternative route that will bring them onto the grassland and down toward the sea.
Distance 2.9 miles
OS Map Sheet 4
Terrain Grassy cliff edge paths, stiles
Nearest Town Bushmills
Route Shape Linear
Grid Reference C987244
Route Type Coastal, Hill
*Please note that there are improvement works to a run of steps leading down to the grassland below the road that winds down to Dunseverick Harbour which are to be carried out over the next 4 – 6 weeks. Diversions will be posted directing walkers to an alternative route that will bring them onto the grassland and down toward the sea.* 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. • Main Video – https://vimeo.com/491204149/841a5bf4c9 • ‘Dalriada’ – https://vimeo.com/491208681/9d034572c6 • ‘The Coast and the Hamely Tongue’ – https://vimeo.com/491209605/9e26015bba https://vimeo.com/657557890/59132e69eb
White Park Bay, Portbraddan, Dunseverick Harbour and Castle ruins.
Start at the National Trust car park at White Park Bay.
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
Must be kept on a lead.
Car parking is available
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Dunseverick – Ulster Scots Walk
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!
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.