Drenched in Irish folklore, Dunseverick Harbour and Castle are prime real estate on the North Coast. Located between the Giants Causeway and Ballintoy, the winding road turn off can be hard to find so take your time when meandering along the coast.
The protected harbour is surround by rugged beauty, providing a small safe haven of shelter for boats and fisherman. Parking and toilets are available, along with a small shipping container cafe if you want to grab a coffee. Camping may also be possible.
From the harbour, follow the exiting road by foot until you find the “Causeway Coast Walk” sign marking the beginning of the route. Stroll down the grassy path and follow it as it leads you around the headland.
Styles and sheep mean the route may not be suited for dog walkers.
The stunning coastline juts out at shear angles with breathtaking 360 degree views.
Ruins of Dunseverick Castle can be seen clearly on the headland. The castle itself dates back to 1525 BC, and one of the royal roads from Tara, seat of the Kings of Ireland, is said to have ended here. In the 5th century the fort was visited several times by Saint Patrick, and in 870 it was attacked by Vikings!
Further along the headland is the Port Moon Bothy, which sits low in a bowl of grassland and cliffs. Sheltered by the spectacular backdrop, the Bothy provides a unique overnight experience in a remote and breathtaking part of the world famous Causeway Coast. It can comfortably sleep 6 people, has a large kitchen-living area and wood burning stove. There is also a composting toilet and storage room. The cost is £10pp per night, and exclusive use of the bothy can be booked for £60.
For more information see http://www.canoeni.com/canoe-trails/north-coast-sea-kayak-trail/access-point/port-moon/
If attempting this route as a day hike, simply turn around at the Bothy and hike back the same way you came. Journey is approx 2-3 hours return from Dunseverick Harbour to the Bothy.
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