Last week’s Thursday Doors virtual road trip brought us to the lovely County Antrim town of Ballycastle so let’s have a tour around the area. There’s no better place to start than the marina, where we parked the car. Unfortunately, the cafe where we would normally have a nice hot coffee or chocolate is closed due to – you guessed it – a lockdown.
As this visit took place last December, the weather was a bit cold but nice and dry. The businesses you can see open are considered essential services so at least there was some semblance of life in the town.
Many of the buildings have dormer windows, which I think add a nice bit of character to the streets.
The seasonal lighting also added a nice touch, although later in the evening they were much brighter.
People who live along this street have the most amazing view of the harbour and the sea. The next house stands out because of its colour and the yellow door is lovely set against the blue facade.
Of course, I couldn’t pass by that old telephone kiosk without taking a clearer shot of it.
As we walked towards the beach we came across some locals having an evening paddle.
The chilly water didn’t seem to bother them but we decided to give that particular exercise a miss till later on in the year, when the weather and the water has warmed up a great deal more.
There are some lovely old bridges and waterways in Ballycastle town which means there are lots of interesting places to walk if it’s too windy on the beach.
This next bridge leads to a crazy golf park. It looked really nice lit up by the old fashioned street lamps.
But the beach has the most spectacular scenery for me. You can see Fair Head in the distance rising 600 feet above sea level. We came from that direction on our virtual road trip last week.
The name Ballycastle has been in use since 1470 and up until 1804 it was merely a townland until two older parishes joined together and formed what is now the parish of Ballycastle. The town itself was founded in 1797 on land owned by John Knox Esq. of Castlereagh. In the beginning there were eighty two houses built of stone on grounds that were sublet by Thomas Palmer Esq. of Summerhill. A Church of Ireland church was constructed in 1827 and a Catholic church in 1828. The Ould Lammas Fair takes place annually in Ballycastle on the last Monday and Tuesday in August. It’s one of the oldest fairs in Ireland and has been held without interruption for more than three centuries. I’ll leave a couple of links to the history of the town and the fair at the end of this post. *
Over on Dan’s blog you’ll find some very interesting places to see, virtually speaking. Thanks for stopping by and joining me on this week’s Thursday Doors virtual tour of Ballycastle.