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Bushmills ( ) is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Irelandmarker. Bushmills had 1,319 inhabitants in the 2001 Census. It is located 95 km from Belfastmarker, 10 km from Ballycastle and 15 km from Colerainemarker. The village's name is derived from the River Bush, one of Northern Ireland's salmon rivers.


Bushmills is classified as a village by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 1,319 people living in Bushmills. 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
  • 2.2% were from a Catholic background and 97.0% were from a Protestant background
  • 8.1% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.

Places of interest

  • The village is best known as the location of the Old Bushmills Distillerymarker, founded in 1608, which is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. The distillery is the only Irish distillery using 100% malted barley in its whiskies, in a range which includes Bushmills Original, Black Bush and a range of malts, including the Bushmills 12 year old malt.
  • Giant's Causewaymarker, located 2 miles (3 km) north.


Twin towns


  • Dunluce school
  • Bushmills Primary School

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