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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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  • We stayed close to Kinbane Castle for our first night in Ireland and decided to make the trip down to see it. There are a lot of stairs, so be prepared for the climb back up to the car park after you ...  more »
  • This is a must visit. Stands out on our visit along the coast. It is on the Causeway route between Ballycastle and the Carrick a rede rope bridge. It has a sign simply saying Kinbane Head. We past it ...  more »
  • A beautiful place to visit, very picturesque. Bit of a walk to the castle but worth the walk. Great views from the top. Plenty of room in the car park  more »
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  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful walk down to the Castle, quite a hike back up to the free car park.

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