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For the whiskey brand, see Old Bushmills Distillery.
Scots: Bushmill[1]
Irish: Muileann na Buaise[2]
Bushmills town centre.jpg
Bushmills is located in Northern Ireland
 Bushmills shown within Northern Ireland
Population 1,319 (2001 Census)
District Causeway Coast and Glens
County County Antrim
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT57
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament North Antrim
NI Assembly North Antrim
List of places
Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 55°12′13″N 6°31′24″W / 55.2037°N 6.5232°W / 55.2037; -6.5232

Bushmills (Irish Muileann na Buaise) is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK. Bushmills had 1,319 inhabitants in the 2001 Census. It is located 60 miles (97 km) from Belfast, 11 miles (18 km) from Ballycastle and 9 miles (14 km) from Coleraine. The village owes its name to the River Bush and to a large watermill that was built there in the early 17th century.[2]


Bushmills is classified as a village by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).[3] On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,319 people living in Bushmills.[4] Of these:

  • 19.9% were aged under 16 and 22.1% were aged 60 and over
  • 49.2% of the population were male and 50.8% were female

In popular music[edit]

Old Bushmills is mentioned in Tom Waits' song "Tom Traubert's Blues". Also mentioned in Neon Cathedral by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Bushmills for a band-aid". Corb Lund's "Time to Switch to Whiskey" mentions Bushmills along with Jameson's and Tullamore Dew

In not-so-popular music[edit]

Bushmills is mentioned in NOFX's "Theme From a NOFX Album" on "Pump Up the Valuum". The main chorus begins with "Buy me a Becks beer or pass me a bong. Gimmie some Bushmills, I'll sing you this song."

Places of interest[edit]

The village is best known as the location of the Old Bushmills Distillery. The distillery's range includes the Bushmills Original and Black Bush blends, as well as the 10-, 12-, 16-, and 21-year-old Bushmills Single Malts. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of distilling starting in the area the distillery released a unique whiskey called the "1608" which included crystal malt. The distillery draws its water, not from the River Bush itself but from a tributary known as Saint Columbs Rill.

The world-famous Giant's Causeway which attracts over two million visitors per year is also located a short distance away, being located 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the town. There is a narrow-gauge steam train running in the summer from Bushmills to the Giant's Causeway.


Bushmills railway station opened on 28 January 1883, but finally closed on 1 October 1949.[5]

Bushmills Station with a steam locomotive on the 3 ft gauge track.

Railway access[edit]

The Belfast-Derry railway line run by Northern Ireland Railways connects to Coleraine and along the branch line to Portrush. Local Ulsterbus provides connections to the railway stations. There is a scenic walk of 7 miles from Portrush alongside Dunluce Castle and the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway.

Twin towns[edit]

Bushmills is twinned with Louisville, Kentucky, in the United States.[6]


Schools in the area include Dunluce School and Bushmills Primary School.


  • Norman Parke a Mixed Martial Artist who fights in the UFC was born and raised in Bushmills

Navigation History[edit]

Bushmills was the location of one of the five Consol Navigation System transmitter stations in the years following the Second World War.[7]


  1. ^ Dunluce Castle US NI Department of the Environment. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with a population between 1,000 and 2,250 people.)
  4. ^ NI Neighbourhood Information Service
  5. ^ "Bushmills station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Sister Cities Online Directory: UK, Europe Archived April 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.." Sister Cities International. Retrieved on March 26, 2007.
  7. ^ "Dolphin Mk 3 Technical Manual" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

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