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Route 1
Bushmills to the Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Distillery...


Route 2
Bushmills to the Giant’s Causeway & Dunluce Castle...


Route 3
Bushmills to Dunluce Castle & the White rocks beach...


Route 4
Bushmills to Portrush & Portstewart...


Route 5
Bushmills to Ballintoy harbour & Carrick-a-reed rope bridge...



Route 1

Bushmills to the Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Distillery
Distance -
Just less than 5 miles
Difficulty –
Mostly flat so nice & easy.

Terrain - Public Roads - cycle track
Point of Interest - Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Distillery
Giant’s Causeway
The spectacular World Heritage site with its basalt columns, Atlantic Coast views and a certain amount of folklore thrown in. Café, shops, tourist information and audio visual available.

Bushmills Distillery
The world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery offers visitors opportunities to avail of the following services: Guided tour of working distillery, whiskey tasting, gift shop and restaurant.

Route brief - full details supplied with route map..
Starting point Bushmills war memorial. Follow the cycle lanes towards Portrush for about 250m and take a right onto the Ballaghmore road. After about 50m turn right into the station car park and join the cycle track adjacent to the railway line. Follow this path through the sand dunes and Bushfoot Golf Club until the end. Turn right and then left up the hill to the Giants Causeway visitors centre. Lockup &explore !

Leaving the Giants Causeway travel down the Runkerry Road past the Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Railway Station and then turn right, after about 50mturn left and again join the cycle path. Continue until the end, go through the car park turn left then follow the cycle lanes to the center of Bushmills. Turn right at the war memorial travel along Main Street for about half a mile to the Old Bushmills Distillery on the left. Time for a wee dram!

Route 2

Bushmills to the Giant’s Causeway & Dunluce Castle.
Distance - Just less than 8 miles
Difficulty – Some uphill so medium effort.

Terrain - Public Roads - cycle track – off road
Point of Interest - The Giant's Causeway & Dunluce Castle

 

Giant’s Causeway
The spectacular World Heritage site with its basalt columns, Atlantic Coast views and a certain amount of folklore thrown in. Cafe, shops, tourist information and audio visual available.

Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle is sited dramatically close to the edge of a headland, along the North Antrim coast. Surrounded by jaw dropping coastal scenery, this medieval castle stands where an early Irish fort was once built and were its history can be traced back to early Christians and Vikings. Visit and take a peek at medieval Irish life!

Route brief - full details supplied with the route map..
Starting point Bushmills war memorial. Follow the cycle lanes towards Portrush for about 250m and take a right onto the Ballaghmore road. After about 50m turn right into the station car park and join the cycle track adjacent to the railway line. Follow this path through the sand dunes and Bushfoot Golf Club until the end. Turn right and then left up the hill to the Giants Causeway visitors centre. Lockup and explore ! Leaving the Giant’s Causeway travel down the Runkerry Road past the Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Railway Station and then turn right, after about 50mturn left and again join the cycle path. After about 800m & just before the bridge turn right onto the sand dunes. Follow the track around the wooden path, go across the lower bridge & up the track to the car park. Continue along beach road and then Bayhead road up the hill to the top, past the Bayview hotel – good time for pit stop - coffee& sandwich. Now turn right continue for half a mile and the castle will come into view on the right. Lockup &explore !

Leaving the castle travel down the hill to Dunluce road. Turn left and continue for 2.2 miles straight into Bushmills.



Route 3

Bushmills to Dunluce Castle & the White rocks beach.

Distance - Just less than 8 miles
Difficulty – Some uphill so medium effort.

Terrain -Public Roads
Point of Interest - Dunluce Castle, White rocks beach

Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle is sited dramatically close to the edge of a headland, along the North Antrim coast. Surrounded by jaw dropping coastal scenery, this medieval castle stands where an early Irish fort was once built and were its history can be traced back to early Christians and Vikings. Visit and take a peek at medieval Irish life!

White rocks beach
Recently awarded with the prestigious 2011 Blue Flag Award, Portrush Whiterocks Beach has become a favourite with locals and a must see destination for International visitors. The limestone cliffs of the White Rocks stretch from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle. These soft, sedimentary rock shave been carved through centuries into a labyrinth of caves and arches. Shelagh’s Head, the Wishing Arch, Elephant Rock and the Lion’s Paw are head lands of distinguishable forms which rise out of the ocean. Under the road, there are cavernous caves, accessible only from the sea, home to seabirds and a hunting ground for hawks.

Route brief - full details supplied with the route map..
Starting point Bushmills war memorial. Leave Bushmills toward Portrush (Dunlucerd / A2). Continue for 2.2 miles and Dunluce Castle will come into view on the right. Lockup and explore ! Leave the castle travelling down the hill to Dunluce road. Turn right and continue for half a mile to the picnic area – if the weathers fine it’s great for some photos. Continue for 1 mile then right turn following the directions for the write rocks beach. Lockup and explore, don't forget your sun cream ! Leaving the white rocks join the Dunluce road turning left and continue the 3.8miles to Bushmills.



Route 4

Bushmills to Portrush & Portstewart.
Distance - 18 miles
Difficulty – Quite far so this route is difficult.

Terrain - Public Roads
Point of Interest - Dunluce Castle, white rocks beach, Portrush, Portstewart.

Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle is sited dramatically close to the edge of a headland, along the North Antrim coast. Surrounded by jaw dropping coastal scenery, this medieval castle stands where an early Irish fort was once built and were its history can be traced back to early Christians and Vikings. Visit and take a peek at medieval Irish life!

White rocks beach
Recently awarded with the prestigious 2011 Blue Flag Award, Portrush White rocks Beach has become a favourite with locals and a must see destination for International visitors. The limestone cliffs of the White Rocks stretch from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle. These soft, sedimentary rocks have been carved through centuries into a labyrinth of caves and arches. Shelagh’s Head, the Wishing Arch, Elephant Rock and the Lion’s Paw are headlands of distinguishable forms which rise out of the ocean. Under the road, there are cavernous caves, accessible only from the sea, home to seabirds and a hunting ground for hawks.

Portrush and Portstewart
These neighbouring coastal resorts, enjoying spectacular natural settings, offer a wide range of services and facilities for visitors and tourists. The area is famed for its high quality beaches which regularly attain Blue Flag status.

Route brief - full details supplied with the route map..
Starting point Bushmills war memorial. Leave Bushmills toward Portrush (Dunlucerd / A2). Continue for 2.2 miles and Dunluce Castle will come into view on the right. Lockup and explore ! Leave the castle travelling down the hill to Dunluce road. Turn right and continue for half a mile to the picnic area – if the weathers fine it’s great for some photos. Leave turning right and continue for 1 mile then turn right again following the directions for the White rocks beach Don't forget your swimming gear ! Leaving the white rocks join the Dunluce road turning right and continue 2 miles to Portrush. At the first roundabout take the 1st exit for Crocknamack road / A2. At the 2nd roundabout take the 1st exit for Crocknamack road / A2. At the 3rd roundabout take the 2nd exit for Portstewart. And finally take a right for Portstewart/A2 (2.7 miles).lockup on the prom and get yourself an ice cream :).

Return the same route on the A2 towards Portrush & then onto Bushmills (approx 9 miles).



Route 5

Bushmills to Ballintoyharbour& Carrick-a-Reed rope bridge
Distance - 18 miles
Difficulty – Quite far so this route is hard.

Terrain -Public Roads
Point of Interest - white park bay, Ballintoy Harbour & Carrick-a-Reedropebridge.

Ballintoy Harbour
Off the coast road. Popular venue for artists with its corkscrew road, sea stacks, rocky islands, pools and busy harbour. Car Park, picnic area, access to coastal path and cafe.

Carrick-a-reed rope bridge
Carrick-a-Rede boasts an exhilarating rope bridge experience. Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the rope bridge challenge!

Route brief - full details supplied with the route map..
Starting point Bushmills war memorial. Leave Bushmills toward the Giants Causeway (Whitepark road / A2). Continue for 5.2 miles and Whitepark bay will come into view on the left. A couple of photo's here is a must ! Continue for 2 miles and turn left for Ballintoy Harbour. Refreshments are available in the harbour cafe. Continue back up the hill to the A2 turn left, cycle through the village and up the hill to the rope bridge. Lockup and explore, nerves of steel required ! Return the same route on the A2 towards Bushmills(approx 8 miles).