Ballintoy from Knocksoughey Ballintoy Harbour The Sandy Port

A narrow winding road takes you down to the harbour of Ballintoy, the last house which will catch your attention on the right hand side  is called 'Bendhu' and was built by Newton Penprase. The harbour  was built with limestone blocks and is surrounded on the landside by limestone cliffs. The harbour was once a hub for north coast fishing, boat building and local industries. It is well sheltered from the Atlantic by scores of  black basalt islands and looks out across Boheeshane Bay to Larry Bane Head,  Sheep Island,  Rathlin Island and Scotland.   There are many family names linked to Ballintoy. One we know a lot about are the Stewart family who first settled at Dunseverick in 1560 and moved to Ballinstraid in the parish of Ballintoy. In 1625, Archibald Stewart received a grant from Randal MacDonnell, the first Earl of Antrim for two districts known as Ballyclough and Ballintoy, the yearly rent was nine pounds.This grant included Sheep Island and the little islands of Camplie. The Earl reserved the salmon fishing of Portnalarabane, (Larry Bane) and the Deer park (the ridge of high ground  south of the village of Ballintoy known as Altmore).