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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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  • This is one of those places that you need to do a bit of work to get to, but it is well worth the effort. Firstly, you need to drive to it - along a delightful but narrow road. The road ends at a well...  read more »
  • This gem is not in many of the travel books but it is easy to find and any local can give you directions. This is a great little ruin on a small peninsula. It is a steep walk down stairs to get there ...  read more »
  • arrived at the parking lot going along a small path along the cliff, dropping you get at sea level, and through a small Creek rises on the small island where the Castle perched on the rock. Describe a show like that is very difficult using only words ... Absolutely a place not to be missed.
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  • A lovely location along the coast road. Prepare yourself for a bit of a hike; there are lots of stairs. Take you time and enjoy the view in both directions. If it is windy in the parking lot be prepared for what it will be like sea-side.
  • Really love it here. Cool ruins and great views of Rathlin
  • Charming ruins, steep descent the stairs, beautiful views. Note on batteries in phones, cameras etc. - very quickly can discharged here. We have been here and four mobile phones, a tablet and a camera to discharge at one time !!! This is not a joke.
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