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Bushmills in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
 

Hamill Terrace

Causeway Coastal Route

 
 
Hamill Terrace Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 17, 2012
1. Hamill Terrace Marker (Side A)
Inscription.

Side A
Welcome to Hamill Terrace

Renowned as the gateway to the Giant's Causeway and for the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, Bushmills has a unique heritage of historic buildings and mills.

Images (clockwise from top):
Bushmills Mills, Bushmills Distillery sign, The Causeway Tram c.1890

[Map and Causeway Coastal Route Journey linear locator]

Side B
Among many prizes, Bushmills whiskey was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1889.

Award-winning village

Though people have lived in this area for centuries, it was in the 1600s that the first mills appeared here along the River Bush.

Under the influence of the Macnaghten family, who built several of the fine buildings you see today, like the Courthouse and Old School, Bushmills began to develop in the early 1800s. Seven water mills generated energy for the production of flax, paper and corn and the village also boasted an award-winning spade factory. The village grew as a tourist resort as part of the railway from Portrush to the Giant's Causeway and the increasing fame of the whiskey produced at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

Old Bushmills Distillery
On 20 April 1608 King James I granted Sir Thomas Phillips a license to distill
Hamill Terrace Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 17, 2012
2. Hamill Terrace Marker (Side B)
'uisce beatha' (the Irish for 'water of life', later anglicised as 'whiskey') here. In 1784 the Old Bushmills Distillery was officially recognised as a company, taking the pot still, the traditional method of distilling Irish whiskey, as its trademark. The world's oldest licensed distillery welcomes visitors for daily tours.

Giant's Causeway
Just two miles from here is one of the great wonders of the world, the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its spectacular 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were created by volcanic activity millions of years ago (or the legendary Irish giant Fionn McCool!). This most famous of Northern Irish attractions can be reached from here on the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway. The Giant's Causeway can also be reached by Park and Ride from the village.

Causeway School Museum
Among Bushmills many beautifully preserved old buildings is the Causeway School near the Giant's Causeway. It was designed by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis who also designed the famous Portmeirion village in Wales and several buildings in Cushendun in the Glens of Antrim.

Gold Medal
Among many prizes, Bushmills whiskey was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1889, sharing the headlines with a temporary exhibit called the Eiffel Tower, which was unveiled at the same time.

St.
Hamill Terrace Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 17, 2012
3. Hamill Terrace Marker
Looking north along Main Street
Columba

The small tributary of the River Bush that provided the pure, peat-incensed water integral to the making of Bushmills whiskey is named St. Columb's Rill, after the early Christian missionary who preached in this area.

Dundarave House
The Macnaghten family home, was designed by the great architect Charles Lanyon, responsible for many of Belfast's most important Victorian buildings. It still stands above the village.

Images clockwise from top left:
Walkmill Falls, Map by Christopher Coles, Palmers Mill, Bushmills village


 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization marker series.
 
Location. 55° 12.119′ N, 6° 31.324′ W. Marker is in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, in County Antrim. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is about 250 meters south of Bridge Street, just west of the Bushmills Distillery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9-10 Elmwood Park, Bushmills, Northern Ireland BT57 8QT, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bushmills History & Heritage (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Sgt. Robert Quigg (approx. half a kilometer away); World Wars Memorial (approx. half a kilometer away); Giantís Causeway and Bushmills Railway (approx. half a kilometer away); Alphabet Angel (approx. half a kilometer away); Dunluce Castle (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); Dunseverick Castle (approx. 6.1 kilometers away); Carrick-a-Rede (approx. 12.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bushmills.
 
Also see . . .
1. Welcome to the Causeway Coastal Route. (Submitted on December 22, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Bushmills Irish Whiskey. (Submitted on December 22, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Giant's Causeway. (Submitted on December 22, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 473 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 22, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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