Quality Walk

Fairhead An Bealach Runda Walk

Enjoy breath-taking views from the cliff edge of Fairhead on this ruggedly beautiful, wild and remote walk.  Expect stunning coastal views towards Ballycastle and Rathlin Island and look down on the picturesque Murlough Bay.  You’ll also pass historic loughs and open green farmland on one of the many walk options which are guaranteed to invigorate the senses.

County

Antrim

Distance

3.1 miles

OS Map

Sheet 5

Nearest Town

Ballycastle

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Coastal

Terrain

Uneven grasses, bog, farm track

Grid Reference (Start)

D175426

Grid Reference (End)

D175426

Point of Interest

Views over Murlough Bay and towards Rathlin

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Causeway Coast

Route Description

Includes stunning cliff top views, returning via open and uneven grassland (map advised) before passing the hamlet of Coolanlough and following minor roads keeping right at the junction to return to Fairhead Car Park.

Please be aware that sections of this walk are situated near a cliff edge and due care must be taken particularly during windy conditions and in poor visibility.  Weather conditions along the coast can change very quickly - so be prepared.  Although the walk is waymarked it is advised that you equip yourself with a map. The walking route passes through areas of open land and working farmland. Livestock may be present and ground conditions are often uneven, wet and mucky underfoot and as such walking boots are strongly recommended.  

The iconic cliffs of Fairhead or Benmore tower above the famous Sea of Moyle where mythology states the Children of Lir, were put under an evil spell transforming them into swans to spend 900 years in exile from humanity. The great cliffs of Fairhead are composed of a rock called dolerite. This igneous rock was born out of volcanic activity some 60 million years ago. The upper half of the cliff is formed of gigantic columns which are up to 12 metres in diameter, some of which are separated from the rest of the cliff but still stand, despite their precarious nature.

This walk begins at the farm car park (£2 per car) clearly signposted off the Fairhead Rd. The trailhead panel in the car park will offer you a number of route choices with loops from 1.5 – 3.4 miles. Be sure to take time to read the hidden interpretation information at each waymarker pointing out important sites of historic and geological interest along the way.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

From Ballycastle, follow the A2, turning left at the junction onto Torr Rd, turn left again onto Fairhead Rd. The sign for Fairhead Car Park is clearly signed along this road on the left directing you to the access road to the farm where the car park is situated. Parking is £2.

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed. Dogs are not allowed. Please be aware of the presence of working farm dogs on the blue and turquoise routes.

Facilities

Numerous toilet facilities, cafés and shops are situated in Ballycastle 5 miles away.

Publication

None

Publication Availability

N/A

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
 
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