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This linear walk can be walked in either direction.
We suggest parking at the Giant’s Causeway and taking the Causeway Rambler bus to Dunseverick (Translink Service 402 operational during the Summer months only or Translink Service 172 operational all year) before walking back towards the Causeway.
Alternatively, for those wanting to soak up the views in both directions, you can retrace your steps as the route can be walked in either direction.
This particular walk begins at Dunseverick Castle carpark and heads off the beaten track to explore some of Ireland’s best coastal views.
Dunseverick Castle was once a ‘royal site’ with a history of resident Ulster clans, the great road north from Tarra ending here, raiding Vikings and even St Patrick are all associated with this site. As you leave the castle ruins, the cliffs gradually fall in height and a section of the path goes through open farmland. This is an organic farm owned by the National Trust, so grazing cows will be a common sight & the walker should respect the livestock & keep all dogs on leads. The walker usually has to give way to County Antrim cattle.
Having walked approximately 1 mile of this trail, you can expect to be uninterrupted with the exception of an occasional backpacker or passing peregrine falcon. The rare Chough are also an occasional visitor along this coast, unfortunately declining in recent years and only breeding on Rathlin Island at present.
For the next 2 miles, the walker is greeted with some of the finest cliff scenery in Europe, with attractively named headlands/bays such as: Port Moon (the largest bay where a salmon fishery was once located – look for the old remaining fisherman’s bothy), Portnabrock, Bengore Head, Benbane Head, Hamiliton’s Seat, Plaiskin Head, The King & his nobles and Port na Spaniagh.
Following the North Antrim Cliff Path you will be looking down into ‘The Amphitheatre’ – a spectacular bay, only accessible to nesting fulmars, jackdaws and occasional black guillemots. Below you will soon see a constant flow of visitors to Ireland’s top visited outdoor attraction. Proceed along the cliff top path and at the last headland (Weir’s Snout) – one of the best panoramic views of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site can be had. From here descend the ‘Shepherds Steps’ (162 to be exact!) to meet the famous stones. Spend time exploring this natural wonder up close before heading back to the car park and visitor centre.
(This walk is part of the larger Causeway Coast Way Trail)