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Portbradan

Portbradan

The name Portbradan comes from the Irish Port Bradain or 'the Port of the Salmon', so called since this part of the coast is an excellent place for netting salmon as they return to to spawn in rivers such as the Bush, just along the coast. While originally a fishing settlement, most of the houses are now owned as second homes or by commuters. However salmon fishermen still use the quay to launch their boats. In the foreground is White Park Bay, a National Trust property. The sandhills here were occupied in Neolithic times and middens from stone toolmaking have been found. Beyond Portbradan is a basalt headland beyond which lies the Giant's Causeway.


A popular Irish toast is 'Slainte bradain agat' — literally 'The health of the salmon to you' or 'May you be as healthy as a salmon'.