Portmoon Bothy

The Portmoon Bothy provides a unique overnight experience for visitors in a remote and breathtaking part of the world famous Causeway. The bothy can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people and there is also a small area immediately adjacent to the building suitable for pitching a tent.  Inside the bothy there is a large kitchen-living area with wood burning stove, hurricane oil lamps, seating, a table and plenty of pegs for hanging wet gear to dry.  The bedroom has one large sleeping platform; bed linen and mattresses are not provided.  There is also a composting toilet and storage room.

The bothy has no mains water or electricity.  A small stream flows through the site however this is shared with grazing sheep and it is therefore not recommended to use the water.  There is NO drinking water available in the bothy, Users are advised to carry sufficient drinking water for their stay. There is cutlery, plates and mugs for six people, although you must supply your own cooking equipment including stove, utensils, etc., along with any firewood needed.

To avoid disappointment, all users are advised to bring everything they might need for their stay including toilet paper, biodegradable washing up liquid, cooking pots, matches, candles, etc.  Past users may donate such items on departure however their presence cannot be guaranteed.  Any additional donations are gratefully received however we would ask visitors not to leave any food including tinned food. With immediate effect, water and fire wood must be brought by the group booking the bothy as it will no longer be supplied. 

There are some additional guidelines for using the stove and composting toilet within the building – please familiarise yourself with these on arrival i.e. the fuel basket should be left filled with the stove cleaned out ready for use by the next visitors.   We encourage all visitors to comply with the ethics of Leave No Trace, taking particular care to minimise the effects of fires and remove all litter on departure.

Bookings and Charges

The bothy is managed and maintained by the Causeway Coast Kayak Association and all bookings should be made by contacting:

Robin Ruddock  

E:  robinruddock@gmail.com

T: +44 (0)78 5840 4801

The cost is £10pp per night.  Exclusive use of the bothy can be booked for £60

Bookings can be made by PayPal or Cash.


Access to the Bothy

The bothy is located on the coastline between the Giant’s Causeway and Dunseverick Castle at GR C979 452 with access by sea only. The closest public access point on the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail is at Dunseverick Harbour at GR C000 445.  This is an exposed section of coastline suitable for experienced canoeists or those paddling under the guidance of a suitably qualified instructor/guide.

The bothy door is locked with a combination lock. The combination is available after booking by ringing +44 (0)78 5840 4801 or by emailing bothy@ccka.co.uk. Do not leave it until you arrive at the bothy to try to get the combination as the contacts may not be contactable.


In the event of an emergency, users should contact the Coastguard on 999 or 112.  In normal circumstances there is reasonable mobile phone coverage at the site.