09 Apr

10. Marvel at our Signature Discovery Point, Ballycastle’s Downpatrick Head

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A few kilometres north of Ballycastle village lies the the windswept outcrop of Downpatrick Head – the perfect place for an invigorating coastal walk. St Patrick himself founded a church here, the ruins of which can still be seen today alongside a stone cross and holy well.  This was once a popular pilgrim destination, and today crowds still gather here on the last Sunday of July –  Garland Sunday – to hear mass at this sacred site. The St Patrick connections don’t end there! The giant sea-stack at Downpatrick Head is called Dún Briste (the broken fort). Local legend says that when a pagan chieftain refused to convert to Christianity, St Patrick struck the ground with his crozier, splitting a chunk of the headland off into the ocean, with the chieftain on top! The geology of the sea stack is stunning – with its layers upon layers of multi-coloured rock strata. See also the huge blowhole, the EIRE 64 aerial sign designed to guide WWII pilots and the WI2 lookout tower.

Hire a bike at Ballycastle Bike Hire, or enjoy a tasty treat by the ocean’s edge with Tea By The Sea