Ballintoy and White Park Bay

It’s back to the North Coast, one of my favourite parts of Northern Ireland!  This time to spend an October day around Ballintoy, a picturesque harbour between the Giant’s Causeway and Ballycastle, Co. Antrim.  I took the Fujifilm X-T30 and the Nikon F100.

Ballintoy Harbour
Ballintoy Harbour

Ballintoy (Baile an Tuaigh – the northern townland) village is less than a mile from the harbour, which is accessed by a narrow winding road.  Even the journey to the harbour is visually rewarding.

Ballintoy Church
Ballintoy Parish Church with Rathlin Island behind

Ballintoy Church 3

For photographers it’s a worthwhile journey, and there were several photographers on the day I visited, – a dry, cold day, with a moderately strong on-shore wind – ideal circumstances for big waves!

Ballintoy RocksBallintoy Waves

There are two caves near the harbour, and these, with the rocks and sea made the harbour an ideal filming location for the cult TV series, ‘Game of Thrones.’ Heres my contribution to the ‘dark and sinister meme.’

There’s plenty of tourism in this area, and even on this cold October day there are plenty of people around, with accents that indicate tourists have come from afar, from France and Japan.  This, along with the stunning coastal scenery, and the long history of artistic activity in the region,  might explain the existence of the mobile Art Gallery, parked at the harbour!

Ballintoy Art Gallery

Just around the coast, the next long cove is the beautiful WHITE PARK BAY, miles of lovely golden sands…

Whitepark Bay
White Park Bay, Co.Antrim