4 White Park Bay

on the North Antrim Coast | Northern Ireland

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About White Park Bay

White Park Bay is a spectacular beach forming a white arc curving between two headlands on the North Antrim Coast. The area is the site of the earliest settlements on the island of Ireland, with evidence of Neolithic man still regularly exposed by the action of the sea. The ancient dunes and chalky grasslands back right up to the beach, making it one of the most wildflower-rich coastal sites in all Ireland.

At the eastern end of the sweeping bay lie the many rocky volcanic islands that surround Ballintoy harbour, while the western end leads to the tiny fishing village of Port Braddon. The village is home to St Gobbans, allegedly the smallest church on the island, although the building was originally built as a cow shed and used as such until the 1950s.

The cows can now be found on the beach itself, allowed to graze in order to let the wild flowers flourish without intervention from man. The herd has been brought across the sea from nearby Rathlin Island, clearly visible from the beach, with the distant shores of the Scottish islands of Jura and Islay beyond.

Deborah Warner, March 2012

Peace Camp at White Park Bay

Relive the magic at the Peace Camp sites by watching this short film of the installation at White Park Bay and Downhill Beach. You might even spot yourself!