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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  • Steep path in good condition leads to a rocky shore to be crossed with care. Path not always open but if you are lucky the result is magical. Sited on a grass topped limestone out crop jutting into th...  more »
  • There is very little left of the castle. Let's say that the stop deserves the view and the grass-covered rock speron that overlooks the sea and is home to what remains of the building. There will be some great photos.
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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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