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All reviews hidden gem car park steep steps kinbane head well worth the effort the cliff narrow lane be careful certain level by accident small ruin signal point off the beaten path around the corner beautiful ruin views are absolutely stunning mobility issues
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We visited Kinbane Castle and when we got there views were superb, but there are hundreds of steps down the side of a steep descent to get there and if you thought going down was exhausting just wait until you have to go up the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Paul D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kinbane Castle ruins was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The castle was built in the 1500s on a small peninsula. It is a bit of a climb down and back, but totally worth it. Beautiful vistas, crashing surf and fantastic rocky...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to visit an Irish castle it has even become enshrined in our family lore because of the walk back up to the carpark! You have been warned.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank russellrowantree
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

But there is a lot of DOWN, so remember you have to go back UP. The path from the parking area is clear and involves a combination of sloped parhway and steps (lots of them). This was a well-defended coastal castle and the ruins make...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small car park With clean toilettes U have to go down many stairs to access the castle's ruins Scenery is amazing, we were alone there it was so peaceful Just loved it U can walk next to the ruin, walk over an archway on the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank fleurance
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Be warned... It is over 100 steps down, with some tight turns and some high risers, this is not a for everyone. If you're able, it is worth the trip down. Ancestors must've been like mountain goats lol. The ruins themselves are interesting but the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank big_Paul_G_B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

About 139 steps down to this ruined castle with viewing point out on promontory. Well worth visiting but be ready for the climb up!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank SianJ928
Reviewed August 12, 2019 via mobile

It’s free to park and explore the castle ruins. It’s not very big but it’s very scenic at the bottom of the descent and we visited in August and had the place to ourselves which added to the enjoyment. The castle is a lot less...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank clanedogg
Reviewed July 28, 2019

Not a very well-advertised place, noticed the sign on the road from Ballycastle to Ballintoy. Took a right down a single track road, went for about half a mile to a small free car park with an information board and toilets. You can see the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank westcoastcol
Reviewed July 11, 2019 via mobile

We hadn’t even heard of Kinbane until recently despite spending a lot of time on the North Coast all my life so once the rain this week subsided off we went. Kinbane is located on the road from Ballycastle to Ballintoy and is accessed down...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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dale241981
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I was there about a month ago, it looked to me like there was always access. just a decent path with no locked gates and no staff- be prepared for lots and lots of steps. The American lady who rated the castle terrible may... More
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