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National Trust Runkerry Trail Walk

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National Trust Runkerry Trail, Northern Ireland
Experience the natural wonders of Northern Ireland’s iconic Giant’s Causeway without the crowds on the National Trust Runkerry Trail, the Giant’s smaller yet equally spectacular neighbour.

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This is the perfect walk if you’re after a gentle and mostly flat cliffside stroll with great views. You’ll get to see County Antrim’s unique octagonal basalt columns in relative tranquility while most visitors head up the coast in the opposite direction.

Standing on the cliff looking down on the amazing rock formations you’ll see right across to Scotland on a clear day. Keep an eye out for dolphins in the bay, and an ear out for breeding stonechats, skylarks and even the odd chough.

The green waymarked trail from the Causeway Hotel is wheels-friendly all the way to Runkerry Head and back and includes an accessible picnic spot. Other walkers can continue around the headland on the cliff path before joining a track beside the Bushmills Heritage Railway that leads back to the start.

Carpark: Giants Causeway car park, 60 Causeway Road, Bushmills, Co Antrim BT57 8SU

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Coleraine, Belfast

Local Information

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".