Ballintoy Travel Guide

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    St Gobban Church
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    White Park Bay
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Ballintoy Things to Do

  • ~ Swinging Bridge ~

    When I was in the military we had to walk across a long rope bridge. It was high above a cavern, two ropes for your hands so you can balance your rifle, and one rope at your feet for you to walk over. So when I found out there was a 'swinging bridge' I could cross when in Ireland I was excited.We headed to the admissions area, lucky for us there...

  • ~ White Park Bay ~

    White Park Bay is located a couple of kilometers west of Ballingtoy. White Park Bay is a 3 mile long sandy beach.The spectacular sandy beach forms a white arc between two headlands on the North Antrim coast. In this secluded location, even on a busy day there is plenty of room for quiet relaxation. The beach is backed by ancient dunes that provide...

  • ~ Irelands Tiniest Church ~

    My friend and I had been talking about a house that was for sale in Portbradden so we thought we'd take a trip down to Portbradden to check it out.What I found when I was at the bottom of the driveway was a sign saying 'Ireland's Tiniest Church'. I thought I might go in and see this tiny church. They didn't lie, St Gobban Church is the tiniest...

  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

    Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy on the northern coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The bridge itself is approximately 20 m long and stands about 30 m above the rocks below. The land is owned by the Natural Trust and there is a fee to cross - more than £5 per person. We visited as part of a tour with Irish...

  • Between Ballintoy Harbour and Whitepark...

    It is a lovely walk for just over 1km between Ballintoy Harbour and Whitepark Bay. Below the cliffs there are several limestone and basalt rocks. Some of the rocks you can climb for a nice view and a few are formed like arches. One of the arches is called Elephant Rock. Crossing the grassland I passed sheep and wild rabbits outside their home. And...

  • Sheep Island

    The small rocky island off the coast in Ballintoy is named Sheep Island because sheep used to be taken there by boat to graze during the summer. The relatively flat top is grass covered but the surrounding cliffs are steep.Since 1969 the island has been owned by the National Trust and it is a Special Protection Area with a rich bird life. There is...

  • Ballintoy Harbour

    From the main road a narrow road leads down, past the church, to Ballintoy Harbour. It is a picturesque place below the limestone cliffs. On the seaward side the harbour is protected by big basalt rocks. And in the distance you can see Rathlin Island and beyond that the Scottish coast. In the small stone house in the harbour you will find Roark’s...

  • Dunseverick Castle

    Not much remains of Dunseverick Castle. The small ruins are from a castle built in the 16th century, which was destroyed by General Munro in 1642. A tower survived for many years, but it finally collapsed into the sea in 1972.Dunseverick was for long an important site. Already in 1525BC a fort was built here by one of the Kings of Ireland,...

  • Whitepark Bay

    A couple of kilometres west of Ballintoy is Whitepark Bay. Below the limestone cliffs is an arch shaped long golden beach. It is a Natural Trust beach. Lots of birds and other animals can be seen around it and several traces of Neolitic settlers have been found. It is not good for swimming though as there are rip currents and sand shelves. But it...

  • Hiking along the Causeway Coast

    My first intention had been to walk from Ballintoy to Giant’s Causeway, but someone I talked to, who visits the area frequently, told me it is better to walk the opposite way as you then will have the best views in front of you and not in your back. I decided to do so and it also gave me time to first visit Dunluce Castle.After breakfast I took the...

  • Ballintoy Church

    A church was founded on this site by the Stewart family who settled in the area in the 16th century. The church was rebuilt in the 17th century and the present church was completed in 1813. There used to be a tall spire, but it was destroyed in a hurricane 1894.I walked round the church and churchyard, but unfortunately the church was not open to...

  • Afternoon walk along the coast

    From Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge it is possible to walk along the coast for 16.5km to Giant’s Causeway. It is a very scenic walk. But this first afternoon in Ballintoy I only walked from Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to Ballintoy Harbour, and a little further.From Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to the car park it is about one km. Here I had coffee and...


Ballintoy Hotels

  • The Fullerton Arms

    22 Main Street, Ballintoy, BT54 6LX, GB

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Ballintoy Restaurants

  • The Fullerton Arms

    There are two pubs in Ballintoy and at least one of them was open when I visited the village and that was the Fullerton Arms. As I was the only guest at the hostel it was nicer to spend some time in the evenings at the pub. Unfortunately the sofa in front of the open fire was occupied the first evening I was there, but the second evening that is...

  • Weighbridge Tea Room and Gift Shop

    After visiting Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge I stopped at Weighbridge Tea Room, which is situated just by the car park. There is a small souvenir shop and a café where they serve snacks. I bought a scone (with cream, jam and butter) and a coffee for £2.50 (March 2011). On the walls there were old photos from Ballintoy and the bridge.It was nice to sit...

  • Good God I cant' remember the name!!

    If you drive past the little village on the main street, past the sheep island hostel take a right and drive down towards the harbour (about 1 min from the main st). Here you will see some signs for a tiny little restaurant. It is wonderful. I sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful view....don't feed the sheep! I had salmon--it was excellent.


Ballintoy Transportation

  • To Ballintoy from Belfast

    Already before coming to Belfast I had checked the timetable for which bus to take to Ballintoy. The best option for me was to take the 8.40 bus from Europa Bus Centre to Coleraine. It is a bus ride of 1h and 45 minutes and the ticket was £9.20 (March 2011). In Coleraine I changed for Ulster Bus service 172 which left 15 minutes after my arrival...

  • Ballintoy to Derry

    I took the 9.00 bus from Ballintoy to Coleraine. It took 43 minutes and was £3.90 (March 2011). First I had thought of stopping in Bushmills, which is only 15 minutes away from Ballintoy, to visit the whiskey distillery and to take the 11.15 or 13.15 bus from Bushmills on to Coleraine. In the end I decided I rather arrive to Derry early.From...

  • Ballintoy to Ballycastle by bus

    Ulsterbus service 172 runs along the coast between Ballycastle and Coleraine with several departures every day (not so many during the weekend). When I was in Ballintoy I thought it could be nice to visit Ballycastle for an hour or two. The bus pass Ballintoy and there are two bus stops along the main street. I took the bus at 15.20 as the next bus...


Ballintoy Off The Beaten Path

  • Sar77's Profile Photo

    ocean views and sheep.

    by Sar77 Updated Apr 3, 2004

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    Have a walk down to the harbour and enjoy the sheep, rolling hills and fresh air. The peacefullness of it all put me out in a farmers field for an hour or two. The picture here is the view I had from my resting spot.

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