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Heritage Railway Path

Heritage Railway Car Park, 24 Ballaghmore Road, Portballintrae, Antrim, BT57 8RH
Steam train on the Causeway Heritage Railway line
  • Steam train on the Causeway Heritage Railway line
  • Causeway Heritage Railway path
  • Causeway Heritage Railway path
  • Causeway Heritage Railway path

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This short circular walk near Bushfoot Golf Club in the Causeway Coast resort of Portballintrae takes in stunning coastal scenery against the backdrop of the River Bush, Runkerry Strand, the Giants Causeway and Bushmills Heritage Railway. This walk can easily be extended to provide coastal off-road access to the Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site. There are other walks of different lengths and degrees of difficulty, all starting at the Council's car park on Bushfoot Road (alternative parking at main seafront car park in Portballintrae). All of the walks offer fantastic coastal scenery along this beautifully rugged section of the Causeway Coast.

The starting point is Causeway Coast and Glens Council's car park on Bushfoot Road, adjacent to Bushfoot Golf Club.

Leave the car park and proceed inland along the laneway towards the Heritage Railway line. Take care crossing the railway line and turn left onto the shared use path (Part of National Cycle Network Route 93). The railway was built to the Irish narrow gauge of three feet (0.915m) and runs for 2 miles along the track bed of the former Giant’s Causeway Tram. The tramway opened in 1883 and was hailed as the world’s first commercially run 'hydro-electric' powered tram system. It originally ran from Portrush to Bushmills with a later extension added to the Giants Causeway. The tramway ran for 65 years before finally closing down in 1949.

Proceed along the path towards the River Bush. Take care crossing the golf course - observe the warning signage and give way to golfers. Having crossed the Bush, after about 100m turn left onto a boardwalk and proceed seawards keeping the river to your left. Follow the boardwalk along the edge of the river and follow the path towards the wooden footbridge, known locally as the Threequarter Footbridge. Having crossed the bridge follow the path for approx. 100m and then turn left along the signed public footpath. Follow this path to the golf club car park and proceed to the starting point in the adjacent Council car park.


(This walk is part of the larger Causeway Coast Way Trail)



  • Activities accessible for visitors with disabilities
  • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
  • Toilets for disabled visitors


  • Picnic Area

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

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  • Toilets

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  • Car parking
  • Parking (free)

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