Kinbane Castle, Ballycastle

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Kinbane Castle is situated in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on a long, narrow limestone headland projecting into the sea, approximately 5 km from Ballycastle on the road to Ballintoy. The name Kinbane means White Head and refers to the white limestone on which the castle stands. Not much of the castle remains, and the path up to it is narrow and stepped. Kinbane Castle is a State Care Historic Monument sited in the townland of Cregganboy, in Moyle District Council area, at grid ref: D0876 4383. The area surrounding Kinbane Castle is a Scheduled Historic Monument, grid ref: D0879 4381. It also offers spectacular views of Rathlin Island and Dunagregor Iron Age fort.HistoryA two-storey castle was built in 1547 by Colla MacDonnell, brother of Sorley Boy MacDonnell, with a large courtyard with traces of other buildings, probably constructed out of wood. In 1551 the castle was besieged by English forces under Lord Deputy, Sir James Croft, in the course of an expedition against the MacDonnell's. Another siege in 1555 by English forces, the castle was partly destroyed by cannon fire. Rebuilt afterwards, Colla MacDonnell died at the castle in 1558.The hollow below the castle known as Lag na Sassenach (Hollow of the English) and it was allegedly during the 16th century that a garrison of English soldiers laying siege to the castle were surrounded and massacred. Fires lit on the headland as calls for assistance were answered by clansmen who came from all directions and surrounded the garrison.
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  • Stunning area with stunning views. Easy walk down but a total killer coming back up. Not for the frail or any one with walking difficulties or in any way physically unfit. Access to this area is by ca...  more »
  • Free walk on the side of cliffs. First, you have to go down about 120 steps to start the walk, then go on the promontory and go see the ruin of this castle. For the bravest, there is still an escalation to be done to reach the highest point of the cliff. The scenery is simply beautiful. You have to take your time, because then you have to go up the 120 steps!
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  • We visited Kinbane Castle and when we got there views were superb, but there are hundreds of steps down the side of a steep descent to get there and if you thought going down was exhausting just wait ...  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning panoramic views of the northern coast. The hike down from the car park is not too long and accessible via a well maintained staircase. The ruins of the castle are interesting, but the star of the show is the natural black and white rock shore, and views of the surrounding ocean and cliff sides. If you are feeling adventurous, climb to the top of the hill past the castle for a gorgeous view that you will be unlikely to ever forget. Definitely a “hidden” gem on the Northern Coast.
  • Beautiful views, free car parking, well kept toilets and free entry? You really can't beat it. Be warned though - required quite a bit of stamina making it all the way up to the castle and beyond and back again, up all the stairs as well as a solid pair of walking shoes as some of the terrain is a unstable up on the cliff
  • We stayed overnight here in our van at this beautiful place. The walk down to the castle is a challenge but we'll worth it You think that you are on the edge of the world!! From the carpark you can wave over to Scotland if the Celtic mist stays away. Well maintained toilet available Feel Good factor 5/5
  • Nice for a quick visit. For the best views of the ruin you'll have to climb down the stairs, but definitely worth it. There's not much left of the castle itself, but the location more than makes up for it.
  • This is a must see stop. Absolutely stunning scenery, with 2 waterfalls that can be seen, old castle, and high cliffs. Although you definitely need to be careful if you climb to the top, as there is nothing to stop you if you make a wrong step, but the view is out of this world. Plus it's a bit off the beaten path and to small for coaches to get in. So we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
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