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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  • The cliffs behind the ruins have fallen much better us for great photos, as the ruins themselves. We were there in the evening alone, also beautiful. Caution on the cliffs, it goes steeply down! The view there is really great!
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  • In principle we had put in our guide as a possibility if it gave us time, because it did not appear among the recommendations of the area that we look at. We love it. It has deadly stairs to reach it, good mortals on the return, which is when you have to upload them (pure agony) though in truth that is worthwhile. The castle is demolished but the views are amazing, a perfect enclave still in a rainy and windy day in November. We have pleased to have gone at the end.
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  • Very beautiful spot and few tourist as it's not on the main road. I would recommend it, we did with wee little ones as well!
  • Long walk down and UP the stairs, but it was well worth it! Amazing views and pictures await those that can endure. I wish I saw it 500 years ago! This is a must see, when you are here!
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