Ballintoy is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of North Antrim between the Giant's Causeway and  Carrick-a-Rede.   As you come over Knocksoghey Brae from Ballycastle or in from Whitepark Bay you are greeted by spectacular views, each one characterized by Ballintoy Church.  The white church looks deceptively Mediterranean in its appearance,  in fact the square tapering tower once supported a steeple which was removed by a hurricane in December,1894, leaving the church with its  'unique' look.

 

The area around Ballintoy is exceptional for walking, the scenery is stunning and the locality steeped in history and folklore, a short walk from the village brings you to the sweeping curve of  Whitepark Bay which was one of the earliest settled sites on the north coast. The name Ballintoy like most places in these parts has two translations, one commonly refers to it as the ' Town of the North ' another translation refers to it as ' The place of the Axe '.

 

A narrow winding road takes you down to the harbour of Ballintoy, the last house which will catch your attention on the right hand side is called 'Bendhu' and was built by Newton Penprase an artist and teacher who built it over many years. The harbour, built from limestone blocks and surrounded by limestone cliffs was once a hub for north coast fishing, boat building and local industries.  It is well sheltered from the Atlantic by scores of black basalt islands and looks out across Boheeshane Bay to Larry Bane Head, Sheep Island, Rathlin Island and Scotland.