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Kinbane Castle, Ballycastle

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Kinbane Castle (Caisleán Ceinn Bán, White Head Castle, Kenbane 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. The site also has views of Rathlin Island and Dunagregor Iron Age fort.

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  • The remains of the castle are in a spectacular location overlooking Rathlin Island and the sound. There is a path down to sea level which is quite safe but the climb back up is challenging if you're.....  more »
  • This place is so exciting that I failed to understand how that castle was built in 15 centuries sad that there’s no Guide and the only information I could get was was what was written on the board  more »
  • 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
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