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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  • August 21, 2017
    Steps and lots of them. Another awesome place on the Antrim coast. I would prefer to spend an hour here than two hours at the Giants Causeway. A beautiful setting for a derelict castle.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The little overflowing Kinbane Castle is accessed by numerous stairs and is located close to the sea. The ruins can be explored for free and it is hardly what's going on - it had pleased us very well, even if the weather during our visit was unfortunately everything else as well.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Although there is little left of the castle this place has fantastic views! However it's not great for young kids. It's a long staircase down to the site the castle stood, and the steps are old and un...  more »
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  • June 3, 2017
    This was the best castle we visited while here. Breath talking views and scenery but not an easy walk as lots of steps down. Highly recommended
  • April 26, 2017
    This is a fantastic place! Free car park and then you walk down (quite a few) steps to where the castle ruins are. There aren't many ruins left apart from one of the towers and some of the walls unfortunately. The best bit is the walk along to the end of the headland and then you get a great view back to the ruins and the cliffs. We had the place to ourselves for a good hour in the sunshine and it was magic!
  • July 14, 2017
    Another stunning place along the north Antrim coast. Lots of steps to get down but well worth it as the views are fantastic. Public toilets in the car park.
  • February 23, 2017
    Worth the drive off the beaten path. One of the lesser known sights on the north coast but a beautiful spot. The walk down steps is a little long and steep for those with disabilities but otherwise is fine. The castle itself isn't much to behold but the outcrop on which it is built is worth walking to the end of. Great views over a cliff out to the sea.
  • July 9, 2017
    Beautiful walk down to the Castle, quite a hike back up to the free car park.

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