Portrush Nature Reserve, Antrim

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Antrim
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance12.79 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude0 m
  • Peak9 m
  • Climb11 m
  • Descent12 m

Portrush Nature Reserve in co. Antrim, Northern Ireland is famous for a small area of seashore rock which has helped us understand the way in which the earth was formed. This site is world famous because of its contribution to the evolution of geologic thought. Portrush rock was thought to be basalt but was instead found to be a sedimentary shale which had been baked hard by molten lava.  Some of the fossils which were discovered in Portrush are on display in the Portrush Coastal Zone.  In order to safeguard this nature reserve, visitors are asked not to remove specimens. The rock-pools give you a fun opportunity to look for crabs, anemones, gobys, limpets and starfish up close. Watch for seals hauled out on the Skerries opposite the reserve and harbour porpoise may be glimpsed chasing fish just off-shore.