Remember the cattle having an evening stroll on the beach – it was finally my turn to stroll around this beautiful bay – White Park Bay Beach near Ballintoy. It´s also possible to access the beach from Ballintoy Harbour, but I took the way down the cliffs.
Say hello to 3 miles of white sand. The bay also shows Irelands geological past.
The landscape in and around the bay took shape between 200 million and 50 million years ago. Through faults, landslips and raised beaches, some wonderful fossils like Belemnites, Ammonites and Gryphaea have been revealed. (National Trust)
And just enjoy…
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)