Kinbane Castle, also known as “the Castle at White Head” takes its name from the long, narrow limestone headland on which it stands. Dating back to 1547, the castle itself is located on the north coast of County Antrim between Ballintoy and Ballycastle, nestled at the bottom of the protruding cliff face. This dramatic ruin has a great deal of history, is easy to drive too, and is a welcome relief from the crowds a Carrick-a-Rede! And did I mention it’s completely free. A wonderful secret in an area surrounded by tourist destinations.
Follow the Whitepark Road as it meanders around the coast until you see the brown tourist sign.
The carpark is easily accessible, and has public toilets. Even if you don’t fancy making the descent, the views from the top are worth a visit.
To get to the castle, take the entrance to the far left-hand-side of the car park (as you face out to sea).
The views are spectacular.
The cliff path quickly turns to stairs . There are a lot of steps so be prepared to hike back up.
As you descend, the castle becomes visible.
On a clear day you can see Fair Head and even Scotland in the distance.
The view from the castle.
A derelict fishing bothy can also be seen from the headland.
You can walk right out to the tip of the peninsula, and admire the 360 degree views.