Runkerry Bushfoot Strand

Runkerry Strand is a spectacular 500m long 80m wide sandy beach facing north west. This gloriously positioned beach is located beyond Bushfoot Golf Club and is easily accessible via the Portballintrae end of the beach. A beautiful walking path along the tramway offers spectacular views of the north Atlantic.

Runkerry Strand is also known as Blackrock and Bushfoot Strand and is a bay, with the nearest town being Portballintrae. 

Bushfoot Strand is a beautiful beach just under a mile long on the northern side of the Bush River mouth popular for surfing, walking and dolphin watching!

The beach can have quite a slope to it during high tide, use care. 

Runkerry Strand is 'One of the best surfing beaches in the UK, the waves vary between a low 2ft in summer and a massive 12ft during stormy weather' according to 

The sweeping views from Bushfoot Strand are tremendous, across the ocean, heathland and headlands, it truly is a pleasure to visit. 

Bushmills Heritage Railway 

The Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway runs through the sand dunes above Runkerry Strand on it's 15 minutes trip between Bushmills and The Giant's Causeway. 

This wonderful short and spectacular train Journey is a great experience for people for all ages and a real treat for train enthusiasts! It is, where possible, our preferred way to arrive for a visit to the Giant's Causeway!  The start of the line is the railway station just outside Bushmills Town on Ballaghmore Road to Portballintrae. 

Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway - Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland

Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway

The Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway leaves from just outside Bushmills Village on its 20 minute journey of 2 miles to and from the Giants Causeway, along the track bed of what used to be the Giant's Causeway Tram. The diesel locomotive runs 4 times a day between 11am and 2.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Children, in particular, love being on the train. Visit Giants Causeway and Bushmills Railway

Runkerry House with inspirational views..

"From the beach you will see the most amazing views over the basalt cliffs and headlands of Runkerry Point, with a gorgeous view of the awesome Runkerry House, a stately home built in the 1860's for Sir Edward Macnaghten, who was a barrister and politician from London. This sandstone building is now private apartments. 

Morphing Beach...

"The beach at Bushfoot, Runkerry or Bushfoot Strand, absorbs more energy from ocean waves than any other in Northern Ireland. 

Its constantly changing morphology in response to seasonal changes in sea conditions provides a text book example of beach states." ~

Map to Runkerry Bushfoot Strand:

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