Portrush to Portballintrae Coast Path

Sunday 16th September 2018

Today we caught the bus to go in the opposite direction from yesterday. Starting at Portrush, Alexandra, who had brought her swimming costume, decided that a dip in the water wasn't such a good idea, even though plenty of bathers thought differently.

We walked around Ramore Head to come to a great view of The Giant's Head with Dunluce Castle clearly visible on the cliff top. Passing by the castle, there were no sightings of Barbara and Gaby who had opted for a full–on visit followed by a tour of Bushmills distillery.

An early lunch was taken by some at Magheracross picnic site before stopping again at Portballintrae harbour. A bit of googling took place to see if there was a local hostelry but no luck. Crossing the footbridge over the Bush river, we actually saw The Bushmills Tram – the worlds first public hydro–electric tramway.

Alan had been looking forward to trying the trio of pancakes with whiskey syrup and honeycombe ice cream at the local cafe, but when he got there they had just closed the kitchen – what a disappointment!

Our meal tonight at the Distillers Arms was superb and the mystery of the sheep pyramid was revealed. A chink of glasses toasted the fantastic walking weekend we were having, made even better by the lack of rain.

Report – Sue

Walk rating – Good.

Pictures by Alan

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Curren Strand Beach.

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The Giant's Head

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Dunluce Castle

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Port Ballintrae

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Runkerry Beach

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The Busmills Tram.

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