Ballycastle Historical Tour
This is an enjoyable walk through the beautiful seaside town of Ballycastle.
The town itself as we know it was founded in the early 1700s by the endeavours of a man known as Colonel Hugh Boyd. At one point Ballycastle was at the forefront of the industrial revolution, and indeed was expected to be bigger than Belfast at one point. We will discuss this along with local personalities and events that have happened throughout the centuries, that have shaped the town to its current position. Holy Trinity, Church of Ireland, is situated in the Diamond, the main square. Like the rest of the Diamond, the church is grade 'A' listed. Built by Colonel Hugh Boyd, who bore the total cost, the church was completed in 1756. It was built in Graeco-Italian style with an apse-shaped chancel, and an octagonal spire about 100 feet high. It was effectively a chapel for the Boyd family and its estate for many years. The remains of many Boyd descendants are in the vaults below - although it was always subject to Episcopal jurisdiction
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- The tour should last approximately 1.45 minutes and covers a circular route through the town - approximately 2 miles and is suitable for children.
- This tour is enhanced with old photographs.
- There is free parking available at the Marina car park, a two-minute walk from the starting point.
- All tours begin in front of the Marine Hotel at the fountain
BALLYCASTLE TOWN TOUR
Glentaisie, the most northerly of the Nine Glens of Antrim, lies at the foot of Knocklayde mountain. It is named after the Princess Taisie, the daughter of King Dorm of Rathlin Island. According to legend, Taisie, renowned for her great beauty, was betrothed to Congal, heir to the Kingdom of Ireland. The king of Norway also sought her hand in marriage, and when he arrived to claim his bride, her wedding celebrations to Congal had begun. The king and his army tried to capture Taisie, but in the subsequent battle he was killed, and his army fled leaderless and empty-handed.
Tours are refundable up to 72 hours in advance of the tour. Thereafter, only 50% will be refunded.