Ballintoy Village


Sheep Island Ballintoy Church Knocksoughey Lane

Ballintoy is situated  in one of the most picturesque parts of North Antrim  between the Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, it looks out across the sound to Rathlin Island and beyond to Scotland. As you come over the Knocksoghey Brae from Ballycastle or in from Whitepark Bay and Bushmills you are greeted by spectacular views, each one characterized by the beautiful white form of Ballintoy Church.. It may, deceptively, give you the impression of a Norman tower or even a Mediterranean building, in fact the square tapering tower once supported a steeple which was removed by a hurricane in December,1894, leaving the church with its present day aesthetic, 'unique' look. The area around Ballintoy is exceptional for walking, the scenery is stunning and steeped  in history and folklore. The village is  adjacent  to the sweeping curve of  Whitepark Bay which can be accessed by a short walk from Ballintoy harbour. The name of Ballintoy like most things in these parts, has two translations, one  commonly referred to it as the ' Town of the North ' another translation refers to it as ' The place of the Axe '.