Rathlin island near crockatinney bed and breakfast in ballycastle



Start your journey to rathlin island at crockatinney guest house ballycastle then onto get your ticket at the ferry terminal at ballycastle harbour .Once you board the ferry its quite

a trip to the island itself.rathlin-crockatinney-bed-breakfast.jpg9

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Rathlin is home to many seabirds it is one of the best places to see the puffins and seals ,the island is like going back in time 100 years untouched and just perfect .It is great for walkers ,bird watchers ,cliff climbers and divers,generally anyone who wants to relax.This place is a must see if you visit crockatinney bed and breakfast .So much history in this place from the clans of ireland to the spanish armada ,rathlin really does have it all. once you reach the island you will dock at the harbour to this beutiful scene.


From the harbour you can either take the puffin bus to the west lighthouse where the  rspb bird santuary is or hike it up hill for 6 miles ,most people take the bus up and walk back down rathlin-crockatinney-bed-breakfast.jpg2




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There are loads more things to do and see on the island which i could talk about for days like

rathlin-crockatinney-bed-breakfast.jpg5 The drake sunk of rathin and part of the spanish  armada


rathlin-crockatinney-bed-breakfast.jpg8bruces cave the cave where robert de bruce hid from the english during his war with england


come and stay at crockatinney guest house and base yourself here and venture to rathlin island to learn more of its history and secrets .our bed and breakfast in ballycastle will suprise every one .


Crockatinney guest house bed and breakfast ballycastle walking/walkers welcome


After a long break at christmas we are back to tell our customers all about the things /places of interest near crockatinney guest house accommodation in ballycastle

We in northern ireland have the best walks for all you enthusiastic walkers whether it be hills mountains or coastal we have it all .Base yourself at crockatinney bed and breakfast and explore some of the following walks close to our beautiful accommodation .

I’ve done a lot of coastal walking but there is nothing else like the North Antrim Coast – tops them all. Find cove after cove of sheer cliffs, ringed and striped by layers of causeway stone, mottled with masses of lichens, and hundreds of coastal flowers throughout the spring and summer. In the winter it can be incredibly exhilarating seeing the Atlantic crashing into the cliff base. It’s no wonder some of the Spanish Armada boats were wrecked here. This walk is full of history, heritage, geology and biology. The salmon fishing huts and stories of lost Spanish gold blend with awesome views of rugged rocky coastline created from volcanic eruptions long ago. Now this stretch of coast is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna that you may not see anywhere else. My favourite part is the highest section of the cliffs, which give an incredible 360-degree view of the area, leaving you in awe of the forces of nature that created and shaped this areaGiant's Causeway, Northern IrelandWalk, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

1. From the car park take the cliff-top path immediately adjacent to the back of the National Trust shop. Here a number of signs will explain safety information and walking distances. Take great care along the cliff path, especially on windy days.

2. Proceed along the cliff-top path and at the first headland (Weir’s Snout) pause for one of the best panoramic views of this world heritage site. As you continue along the track, passing headland after headland, the trail of visitors will soon peter out.

3. After a mile, the North Antrim Cliff Path will veer sharply right – follow the path and you will be looking down into The Amphitheatre – a spectacular bay, only accessible to nesting fulmars, jackdaws and occasional black guillemots. For the next two miles, the walker is greeted with some of the finest cliff scenery in Europe, with attractively named headlands/bays: Port na Spaniagh, The King and his Nobles, Plaiskin Head, Hamilton’s Seat, Benbane Head, Bengore Head, Portnabrock, before culminating in the largest bay, Port Moon, where a salmon fishery once stood – look for the remaining fisherman’s bothy. At this stage of the walk, you should be on your own, except for an occasional back packer or passing peregrine falcon. The rare chough is also an occasional visitor along this coast, though unfortunately numbers have declined in recent years. At Port Moon, you are now one mile from your end destination of Dunseverick Castle.

4. The cliffs gradually fall in height as you approach the castle and a section of the path goes through open farmland. This is an organic farm owned by the National Trust, so grazing cows will be a common sight. Keep all dogs on leads.

5. The North Antrim Cliff Path and this particular walk ends at Dunseverick Castle car park, although a scramble to the old castle walls is optional for the fittest. This was a royal site in the past, with a history of resident Ulster clans. The great road north from Tarra ends here and raiding Vikings, and even St Patrick, are all associated with this Dunseverick site. Now a 4½ mile return walk beckons or the easier prospect of the hourly shuttle bus in summer.

This is the most spectacular walk in the uk voted by you the walking community ,come stay with us here at crockatinney guest house bed and breakfast near giants causeway and ballycastle and explore this walk and many others .

Christmas holidays at Crockatinney accommodation ballycastle bed and breakfast

Why not come over christmas spend a few days here at crockatinney guest house .Our accommodation is perfect to explore Ballycastle and if you cant make it over christmas try and get things sorted out for your vaccation in the summer 2013 to visit us here at crockatinney bed and breakfast and all the main attractions in ballycastle giants causeway etc . WWW.CROCKATINNEYGUESTHOUSE.COM

Ballycastle harbour in the olden days quite the little fishing port

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What about that for a change ,alot of money spent to do this but was well worth it ballycastle is a great seaside town and is not too commercial like most of the other seaside towns in the north .The people are friendly and the town is clean what more could you ask for .

Sea front at Ballycastle near crockatinney

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Bushmills near crockatinney bed and breakfast accommodation ballycastle


Come to ireland stay at crockatinney guest house accommodation ,just 10 minutes from the famous bushmills distillery.Our bed and breakfast will provide a good base for you to stay while visiting bushmills distillery.crockatinney guest house accommodation giants causeway bushmillls

Old Bushmills Distillery is famed for its whiskey, the “water of life”, distilled and blended in Ireland for ages. And the distillery in Bushmills (County Antrim) is one of the best-known. It also is the only distillery actually open to visitors. Located in the extreme Northeast and near the Giant’s Causeway it may, however, be a bit out if the way. So is it worth going there?bed and breakfast ballycastle crockatinney accommodation

It certainly is!

While you might not even be all that interested in whiskey production, the tour will fascinate you. Knowledgeable guides pick you up in a barn-like waiting area and explain the individual steps involved in whiskey-making right up to the bottling. Including the important fact that without Spanish sherry Irish whiskey wouldn’t be the same. They will also explain that neither smoking nor flash photography are allowed in the factory. And you will soon smell why – parts of the distillery are so full of whiskey fumes that you feel like you have been immersed in the good stuff. And the din in the bottling area is infernal.

The grand finale of the tour is a whiskey-tasting session. You can either join the fun and games with your guide or have a quieter drink for yourself – on the house. If you are planning on driving afterwards you might want to take a bracing walk at the nearby Giant’s Causeway first. Or select a designated driver.accommodation near bushmills crockatinney giants causeway

Or if you fancy being transported we at crockatinney bed and breakfast accommodation will organise transport too and from bushmills

crockatinney bed and breakfast ballycastle accommodation near cushendall fairy tree


You have all heard about the fairies in ireland ,well i can tell you all that i have seen them with my own eyes ,they really do exist . They live near crockatinney guest house and our accommodation is perfect for the little people so they have told me anyway .They love the views at crockatinney and many fairies have moved here from there homeland in cushendall .Cushendall is the place where fairies from all over the world come to celebrate the heart of the glens festival.Cushendall is really the capital of ireland for the fairies .

The Tiveragh Fairy Hill Cushendall, Northern Ireland

Legend and lore has it that this very broad sided hill with steep sides overlooking the small village of Cushendall in Northern Ireland is the gateway to Tir na nOg. A place very well known locally to be haunted by faeries, leprechauns, elves, and pixies … this giant hill is a natural fortress all in its own and easily seen to be claimed as a stronghold by the fae. Fairy tales mention many stories about it rising up on pillars during the twilight evening with glimmering meriment of faeries frolicking and dining. Many believe that the wee folk live in this hill that is accessed by a nearby cave. As the warning goes, if ye are mortal, regardless of how appeasing the faerie music may sound, if you wander within, you’ll never be seen again on this plane of existence.  Time holds a whole different rhythm in Faerieworlds.

We however, of fae persuasion, did venture up the hill at the turn of twilight just as the sun was going down. We spied the hill with visions of faerie impressions while across the valley atop Ossian’s Grave – the Megalithic tomb believed to be the burial spot of the fabled poet and bard Oisin. Now Oisin was lured into fae, into Tir na nOg where he lived until he requested to return to the land of mortals to visit his family. Of course due to faerie time, he came back several hundred years later to find them all gone and deceased. He fell off his faerie steed and became a blind old man wandering these fields eventually dying. If the faerie tale is true, this would be the hill he would have rode out of and across the valley would have been his grave overlooking it … curiouser and curiouser. Midway along the way up the base of the hill is one of the most magnificent Faerie Thorn Trees I’ve ever encountered. As usual with these faerie hills, I always find a wee hole just big enough for the Victorian sized fae to enter within, usually lined with heavy rocks, making it look peculiarly like its a miniature mine rather than a animal hole. We climbed atop as the sun was going down, empowered by the feelings of the ancient ones. Archaeologically though, this may be a massive hillfort.  I’m looking for those records and will post my findings here.

      On Tiv-ra Hill near Cushendall, I heard a commotion behind a wall, I stopped and looked over, and boys-o-boys!

Now what do you think was making the noise? Twas a Hurley match – and may I choke -– It was two wee teams of the Fairy folk That was rippling’ and tearing’ and weltin’ away In the light of the moon was bright as day.

And their playing pitch was hardly as big As my Uncle Barney’s potato rig; And me there watchin’ them puck and clout – At the back o’ the wall with my eyes stuck out.

When all at once, like the squeal of a hare, A wee voice shouted, “Who’s that up there?”” And a bit off a thing about nine – inch tall Came climbing up to the top of the wall.

And he stood there; he stood about pot -size With his two wee fingers up at my eyes, And its God’s own truth that I’m speakin’  mind ye, “”Get out o’ that,” says he, “or I’ll blind ye!””

Aye that’s what he said, “I’ll blind ye,” says he, And by Jing what he said was enough for me, Did I run? Aye surely; I didn’t miss -– And I haven’t seen Tiveragh from that to this.

~ H.Browne

The Fairy Hill Tiveragh is a fairy hill and near to Cushendall, And nobody goes there at night, no nobody at all. The hill is small, the sides are steep. And I have heard it said That flickering lights go in and out While everyone’s in bed. And on the top two hawthorns grow, A white one and a red. ~ John Irvine Desmond

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The glens of antrim near Crockatinney bed and breakfast accommodation ballycastle giants causeway

Crockatinney guest house bed and breakfast accommodation lays in one of the nine glens of antrim glentaise & glenshesk  .We are the perfect place to stay for walking groups and tourists ,we can provide transport in and out of the glens whether it is small or large groups we also can provide packed lunches if required.

The Glens of Antrim stretch over some 80km of shoreline, encompassing grasslands, forests, peat bogs, mountain uplands, churches and castles. The Antrim Coast Road, built in the 1830s, winds its way between bays and high cliff lines for nearly 160km. There are nine glens in all.

Glentaisie is named after Princess Taisie, the daughter of King Dorm of Rathlin Island. The glen is about 8km long and is the most northerly of the nine glens. This small glen lies to the western side of Knocklayd mountain, and winds it way along to Ballycastle.

One of Glentaisie’s most famous stories is that of ‘The Children of Lir’, who were turned into swans and swam off the coast for centuries until released from enchantment by the sound of a Christian bell.

In 1565, Glentaisie was the scene of a great battle between the O’Neill forces, led by Shane O’Neill, and the MacDonnell’s, led by the three brothers, James, Sorley Boy and Angus. James and his brother Sorley were taken prisoner, and Angus was killed that day. James later died in prison of his many wounds and Sorley Boy was freed, but the MacDonnells were avenged two years later when they murdered Shane O’Neill.crockatinney guest house bed and breakfast

The seventh glen, Glendun, is described as deep, steep and wooded, its name literally meaning ‘brown glen’. A quiet peaceful glen, it has the largest area of deciduous woodland due mainly to landlords such as the Whites of Broughshane, who planted the 29 hectares known as Cregagh Wood. Hidden among the trees is ‘The Altar in the Wood’, a rock carved with a scene from the crucifixion dating from the sixteenth century when penal laws forced Catholics to attend mass in secret.

Glendun viaduct, built in 1836 by the 22 year old architect Charles Lanyon, spans the glen and the River Dun.

Glenshesk, meaning ‘glen of sedge’ (reeds), is a wooded, wild and unspoiled glen lying to the south of Knocklayde mountain, opening out to the sea at Ballycastle. A forest park and picnic area is situated here, and splendid views of Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland can be seen on clear days.

This glen is full of historic lore. At its foot lie the ruins of the Franciscan Friary of Bunamargy, built by Rory MacQuillan in 1485 and famous for its one time resident Julie MacQillen. Known as ‘The Black Nun’, MacQuillen made many prophecies and wished to be buried at the entrance of the chapel so that she might be trodden under the feet of those who entered. Her grave is marked by a round holed cross. Glenshesk is also peppered with standing stones marking the burial places of saintly men and women and of brave clan leaders killed in battle crockatinney bed and breakfast giants causeway

The gentle slopes of this small glen run south to north from Glenann, merging into Glendun. Traces of early man can be found on the hillsides. In the townland of Falnaglass there is a mound always referred to as ’The Fort’, but identified a few years ago as a Bronze Age barrow burial mound dating from 2500 to 500BC. There are also remains of early defended Christian farmsteads (raths) in the townlands of Laney (Gortin) and Tromra. The name ‘Glencorp’ means ‘glen of the bodies’ or ‘glen of the dead’. crockatinney bed and breakfast accommodation giants causeway ballycastle

Glenaan lies near the village of village of Cushendall and is well known as the site of ‘Ossian’s Grave’. Described as a double chambered horned cairn, this megalithic tomb was built in the late Stone Age, 4000 to 5000 years ago. According to legend, Ossian was a poet, warrior, and son of Finn, leader of the Fianna brotherhood.

The ‘glen of the little fords’ was once heavily populated, as evidenced by the remains of many wallsteads and the deserted village of Knockban. In the nineteenth century, it was almost self-sufficient, relying on farming, spinning and weaving. Glenaan was also home to a corn mill, a tuck mill, a flax mill, a shoemaker’s and a carpenter’s. Today, there is no arable farming in the glen, only sheep and cattle grazing. Peat is still cut by hand and by machine, but this tradition is dying out as other heat sources have become more popular.

The famous poet Dusty Rhodes (James Stoddard Moore) was born at Glenaan and wrote many poems expressing his love of the glens.

This deep, wide glen sweeps down towards the village of Cushendall, often called the heart of the glens. Cushendall was bought by Francis Turnly in the early part of the nineteenth century. He was responsible for the building of the Curfew Tower and completed the Glens of Antrim Hotel. In 1923, it was one of the first villages in Ireland to have a hydroelectric power scheme.

The summit of Lurigethan towers above Cushendall. It features a fine example of a promontory fort enclosed by a series of banks and ditches. To the right of the village is Tievebulliagh, a famed Stone Age flint factory where many axe-heads have been found. Glenballyemon also offers views of Trostan, the tallest mountain in Co Antrim, standing at 553m high. Its name means ‘Edwardstown Glen’.

The first or most southerly of the nine glens, the ‘glen of the army’ contains the seaside town of Glenarm. This privately owned wooded glen also forms part of the estate of the Earl of Antrim, the main dwelling place of the MacDonnells since 1636. Glenarm Castle dates from around 1750 with early nineteenth century alterations. The remains of the old Templeoughter upper church lie nearby. The body of Shane O’Neill is reputed to be buried here, minus his head, which was displayed on a spike at Dublin Castle.

On the seaward side of the coast road near Glenarm is a pile of rocks with an opening called ‘The Madman’s Window’, a supposed suicide spot.

At least one court cairn and several wedge tombs represent late Stone Age settlement in Glenarm. There are also a number of Iron Age raths and souterrains. The Department of the Environment recently excavated a raised rath at Deerpark Farm in the upper glen. It was occupied from approximately AD500 until AD950.

Farming provides the main source of income in Glenarm, with the Eglinton Lime Company and the Northern Salmon Company providing some employment.

This glen is shaped like a sword and its name means ‘glen of the dykes’ or ‘glen of the sword’. It sweeps out to the sea at Carnlough and is surrounded by white chalk quarries. Its most distinctive feature is the White Arch over the coast road near the harbour.

Archaeological excavations at Bay Farm have uncovered evidence of Neolithic occupation from around 4000BC. The Norman mottes, Doonan Fort (Little Fort) and Dungallan Fort, are 3.2km south and north of Carnlough respectively.

Drumnasle waterfalls are approached by a passage called ‘The Goats Parlour’. At the end of this path is Tubberdoney, a well believed to cure eye related problems.

Drumnasole House was built by Francis Turnly in 1808 and is still in the possession of the Turnly family. From the great headlands of Drumnasole (‘the ridge of light’), the Antrim Scots communicated with beacon fires to their kinsmen across the sea of Moyle.

Hidden from the road is Garron Tower, built as a summer residence by Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry. She inherited this part of the Antrim estates from her mother, Anne Katherine MacDonnell, Countess of Antrim. Garron Tower and its grounds were purchased by McNeill’s Hotel in Larne in 1915, and were acquired by the Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor in 1950 for use as a boys’ boarding school.

The harbour at Carnlough was built by the Marchioness of Londonderry around 1850. Limestone was exported from here until 1945 when the Glencloy quarries closed down. The Eglinton Lime Company of Glenarm used the harbour until the late 1950s when silting became a problem. Today it is used by yachts and pleasure boats.

Glenariff, meaning ‘glen of the plough’, is the largest and the most famous of the nine glens, often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Glens’. A perfect u-shaped valley with beautiful views and spectacular waterfalls, the glen meets the sea at the small village of Waterfoot.

Around 100 years ago, trees were planted in the glen to enhance the native woodlands of hazel, oak, ash and willow, and to make the area more attractive to visitors. It is bounded by rugged precipices between 200 and 400m in height.

Glenariff Forest Park is a nature reserve with breathtaking views across the Irish sea to the Scottish coast. Walkers can explore its magnificent waterfalls and wildlife, then follow the Moyle way to Ballycastle.

Other places of interest nearby include Red Bay Castle, near Waterfoot, and Garron Head.glendun near crockatinney accommodationcrockatinney accommodation ballycastle


horse sale irelandThis is the oldest fair in ireland and to enjoy this event why not come to crockatinney guest house and stay the weekend .This fair is always the last monday and tuesday in august and activities all over the weekend just before the big day on monday.Travellers from all over ireland come here to sell horses and stalls and markets are all through the town of ballycastle .crockatinney guest house is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the craic at the lammas fair .crockatinney guest house bed and breakfast accommodationindians every year at the lammas fair in ballycastle lammas fair horse sale

thousands of people flock to ballycastle for this event to buy bargains at the stalls ,trade horses and sample dulse and yellow man. yellow man