The Grey Man

A number of mythical stories are associated with the ‘Grey Man’, whose eponymous pathway is the only access route from the top of the cliff at Fair Head down to the shore below. Sightings of this spectre-like figure have been recorded in the area, as far away as the mouth of the Bush River.

He has been variously described as an evil spirit, an ancient storm god and the personification of the mists shrouding the surrounding landscape. The account relating to the Bush River was recorded in the Ulster Journal of Archaeology in 1858, and tells of two young men who had gone out to check on some cattle before daybreak.

Both witnessed a man wearing a long grey cloak standing on one of the pillars in the middle of the river, a spectacle rendered all the more perplexing by the crashing waves and the swell of the water. The Grey Man stood there motionless and unresponsive to the young men’s repeated attempts to converse with him. They were eventually overcome with fear and rapidly headed for home!