Ramore head is a headland or coastal landform with high and sheer cliffs. It is located on the tip of the peninsula in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Ramore Head’s unique location and breathtaking wild beauty is a one-of-a-kind attraction in a quiet little town, where Victorian houses line the streets.
The paved trail up to Ramore Head starts at the end of an embankment and circles to the top of Ramore Head. This headland was formed as a result of volcanic activity. Because of this, its cliffs look like vertical columns of different shapes tightly fit together. The same type of columns can be seen at the Giant’s Causeway, but the view from Ramore Head is even more dramatic because of the raging waves of the turbulent sea, which surrounds it.
Just above the foot of Ramore Head, shortly after the path begins swirling to the top, there is a narrow ravine. Every few seconds white waves dash with violent force into the ravine. When they reach the end of the ravine they are already tamed by the rocky cliffs. Then, another unrestrained wild wave rushes into the ravine, smashing the retreating one, and with sound and fury creates white splashy swirls.
As we walked up to the top of Ramore Head, the weather changed dramatically from nice and sunny to rainy and very windy. When we reached the top of Ramore Head, the wind was so strong it almost blew us off our feet. Icy rain drops mixed with hail flew into our faces like biting spray. Our words were gone with the wind and we could not hear each other.
Wild waves danced furiously around the skerries. These are small islands of different sizes formed as a result of volcanic activity and surround Ramore Head. Some were clearly accentuated by rings of raging waves with white crests.
The sea has always been dangerous around the skerries due to the strong and treacheries currents. Many boats have perished around these skerries throughout the years and sea pilots with good navigational skills were always in great demand in Portrush.
The skerries are uninhabited except for grey seals and seabirds that love to rest there. Ramore Head is an excellent point to watch grey seals and porpoises. On a quiet, sunny day it’s possible to see the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal County to the west. It is also possible to see three mountains on the Island of Jura off of Scotland to the north and the Rathlin Island to the east, famous for its birdwatching and for the Massacre of 1575.
Unfortunately, on Ramore Head there is nothing left of the 12th century church and of two castles, one built in the 16th century and the other built in the 17th century. But this place has a magical power to attract people who are not faint of heart. Nature here is wild and unrelenting.