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“Nice place for a quick stop”
Review of Bonamargie Friary

Bonamargie Friary
Reviewed July 27, 2012

The entrance to Bonamargy Friary is clearly marked on the right as you leave Ballycastle heading for Cushendall. The entrance is just after the Golf Club and is right in the middle of the golf course (I noticed a few stray golf balls in the grounds!). The car park will only fit 3 cars, but it's rare to see more than one or two, you will probably have the place to yourself. Entry is free and there are no facilities.

It's a beautiful place to walk around. 30 minutes should be enough, depending on how involved you get. Personally I love reading the headstones, some of which date back to 1800. I'm sure there are much older graves here, but time has worn away much of the engraving. The friary itself is a third order Franciscan Friary founded in 1500. The grounds also hold the remains of many Great War and WWII soldiers, including a memorial.

If you are in Ballycastle and have some free time I would recommend this, even if just for some peace and quiet.

Thank kpnutsni
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

I am not a fan of golf, haha, however this friary has a special feeling indeed. It is utterly beautiful and well perserved with old headstones and so much to learn. Even though it is beside a road the trees around it muffle the sound and on a dry day the main church area, with it's grass floor is a terribly evocative and romantic. I love it.

Thank carriegault
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

Any time I have gone here, there is never another soul around. The ancient ruin of the friary is amazing! It is in such a peaceful setting and the gravestones (some from at least the 1500's) are amazing...you can't help put notice and nod in respect to the graves of the unknown sailors from world war II that washed up on nearby Ballycastle strand. Absolutely amazing place! Very tight parking spot though:)

2  Thank Tundraclown
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

This is a quaint attractraction set off the main road. It is a deserted ruin with a number of war graves from both the 1st and 2nd World Wars and at which an annual Remembrance Service is held after the main Cenotaph service for the town. It is a good place for the kids to explore and play

Thank Eric W
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Reviewed April 16, 2009

Parking area is full with three cars in it, however the main road is straight here and parking on it is reasonably safe. Site is bounded on three sides by Ballycastle Golf course. The ruins are under government care and access is good for persons of all mobility. The building itself is surrounded by a graveyard and contains some war graves from the first and second world wars. When the grass is long kids have a great time falling about on it and because it is surrounded by a wall reasonably safe to let kids run about. It is possible for kids to climb up to a height from which they would get injured if they fell so watch out! Peaceful place on the edge of Ballycastle.

2  Thank FatherTed1_7
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