North coast walking

North coast walking

What a brilliant day out! Twenty–one of us gathered at Portballintrae for the September walk to the Giants Causeway and back and we couldn’t have wished for a better day. It was good to welcome Jem and Stephen Moran and Janey and Ken Sproule again. We even had a lone Typhoon overhead on its way to the Portrush air show. Port Ballintrae used to be a small fishing village clustered round the harbour but since the ‘70s the there has been considerable regeneration and new buildings, much of which are second homes.

The path leaves the village and tracks down to the bridge over the River Bush and then along Runkerry beach towards Runkerry Point. Attractive as the beach and the surf are, Runkerry with its currents and undertow is deadly for swimming and the warning signs are prominent. The path leaves the beach and we headed up to the cliff top past Runkerry House. It was once the home of the barrister Lord Macnaghten and has since been converted into apartments. There were beautiful views across to the Foyle Estuary and Inishowen and round to the Causeway. On then towards the Causeway and down to the stones along with hundreds of others among which there were many foreign visitors (probably from the Caribbean Princess docked in Belfast) with mobile phone cameras and selfie sticks. One woman had no qualms about posing for a photo beside Gilbert while he ate his lunch!

Runkerry Head

Next it was along to the zig zag path and the 156 steps up to the cliff top track back to the Centre and then along the railway track to Portballintrae. We saw no train and the rusty tracks looked as if they hadn’t been in use for some time.

The Copper Kettle in Bushmills was our refreshment stop and very helpful the staff was in finding seating for 20 of us. The waitress thought Peter was joking when he asked for 20!

Altogether a lovely day to end the yearly walks programme. Next set of walks will be emailed soon.


Our daughter Alice was in the Mournes. Cloudy and very windy and she wore a thermal and gloves! How lucky were we?

Added by: RobbieJackson
Added on: Friday 15th September 2017

Category: Walkers

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