PORTBRADDON

Portbraddon from Whitepark cliffs View across Bay  The Hamlet

Portbraddon is a beautiful small hamlet with stunning views out across Whitepark Bay to  Ballintoy Church and the basalt islands known as the Parks which shelter the harbour of Ballintoy. It is the site of an ancient salmon fishing station and still has a working slipway for salmon fishermen. It is possible to walk from Portbraddon to Dunseverick Harbour following a coastal path which passes through Gid Point, a naturally formed hole in the headland. Parking here is restrictive and it is is advisable to either park at Dunseverick Harbour and walk the few kilometres round the coast or park on the road well above Portbraddon. On a low Spring tide it is also possible to walk from here to Whitepark Bay beach and on to Ballintoy harbour. A local myth and  one that some tourism promotions still promote is  that Portbraddon is the location of the smallest church in Ireland - picturesque it might be but it was originally a cow byre built in the 1950's, the building was mistakenly listed without research being done and when the true facts emerged it had to be de-listed. The site of the ancient church of Templastragh which was built by St. Goban in 648AD lies a kilometre from Portbraddon on the cliff top towards Dunseverick harbour. 

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