Hole 3 – The Abbey!
The golf course in Ballycastle has some spectacular sites (and holes – or however you call them). I was driving by and just had to stop and explore this interesting site further.
The Bonamargy Friary was founded in in 1485 by Rory MacQuillan as used to be a Franciscan abbey. Several celebrated chieftains and earls of Antrim have been buried in the abbey.
Perhaps the Friary’s most famous resident was the 17th century prophet and recluse Julie MacQuillen. Known as ‘The Black Nun’, MacQuillen wished to be buried at the entrance of the chapel so that she might be trodden under the feet of those who entered. A worn Celtic cross (rounded with a hole in the centre) marks her grave at the west end of the main church. (Wikipedia)
I made my way further „back“ the coastal road, passing by stunning scenery and many different cows, sheep and horses.
View of the Carrick a Rede bridge – this one was on the to-do-list for the next day! Sheep Island in the back.
And here we are – Torr Head!
This headland was important in the 1800s for recording the passage of transatlantic ships, relaying the information back to Lloyds of London. It was often the last hope for Scottish clans beckoning aid from allies in Argyllshire. The walls and ruins of Altagore cashel date back to the sixth century. Long before the early Christian church and Irish clans came here, the headland was already remarkable. (Discover Northern Ireland)
The view from the top of the headland is spectacular – all across to the Mull of Kintyre (Scotland) – this is the shortest distance between Northen Ireland and Scotland.