The hamlet of Dunseverick, on the way from the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge to the Giant’s Causeway, is tiny but with several points of interest. Dunseverick Castle and earthworks, on a peninsula managed by the National Trust, date from at least the 5th Century AD when St Patrick visited and baptized Olcán, a local man who later became Bishop of Ireland. The Gate Lodge of the castle can still be seen standing proud, although ruined, on the grassy clifftop. There is a well on the headland named after St Patrick. Walkers can take the North Antrim Cliff Path from the castle to the Giant’s Causeway, a distance of 5 miles.
The harbour, sheltered by basalt islets, was where many local people emigrated from during the 19th century. They were rowed out from here to schooners headed for Glasgow or Londonderry before continuing with their onward journeys. Between the harbour and the castle, Dunseverick Falls, although not the most dramatic of waterfalls, make a picturesque sight as they tumble down to the sea.
Photo by Anne Burgess, via Wikimedia Commons