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Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 January 2017

While planning our trip, I searched the internet for "remote places in Ireland." That's how I found Kinbane Castle...and I'm sure glad I did, as it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. Getting to the castle is a little tricky....More

8  Thank Linerguy
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Although there is little left of the castle this place has fantastic views! However it's not great for young kids. It's a long staircase down to the site the castle stood, and the steps are old and uneven. Nice place to stop in with a...More

3  Thank Kathryn H
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All reviews car park steep steps hidden gem well worth the effort the cliff kinbane head be careful narrow lane amazing views certain level by accident rocky outcrop carrick a rede rope bridge off the beaten path small ruin signal point around the corner
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

...I am asthmatic and wasn't fully aware of how steep the climb up and down would be. Uneven steps at various heights but it is worth the effort. Stunning little spot that I never knew about.

Thank MaxineI9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kinbane Castle essentially a small ruin, but it's in a glorious location. Be prepared for a good hike (albeit on concrete steps) down and then back out. The castle was built precariously on a large rock that makes for some dicey footing. The seas were...More

Thank Karla G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely ruin reached by numerous steps but free for the adventurous explorer. There are restrooms and picnic tables at the top of the cliff which make for a nice outing.

Thank 944phyllisk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is more off the beaten path from all the regular tourist traps in the area (Giants Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, etc) and a welcome respite. We had the place all to ourselves for about an hour. There is a small parking lot at...More

Thank MT1
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Windy during our visit so care required at the castle. Could be difficult to cross with the tide in. Large drops between steps may be uncomfortable on the way down. The 140 steps are a challenge on the way up and a small gate half...More

Thank irb278
Reviewed 22 September 2018

We counted the steps! 150 down on concrete steps with a railing then 30 more steps up to the ruin. The lower part down doesn't have a railing but is very safe. This is a wonderful old ruin located out on the peninsula and we...More

1  Thank sgphoto
Reviewed 19 September 2018

You can envision him riding a stallion on the grounds. Everything you would expect to see in a weathered old castle. Amazing views, rolling greens, and rocky cliffs. You could even go so far as to say it is romantic, which is a word I...More

1  Thank cal02021
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Not for the faint hearted . A long climb down and a longer climb up again . Theres not a lot of this castle left but the views of Rathlin are beautiful

Thank Jim G
Reviewed 8 September 2018

If you are in the Bushmills area to see the Giants Causeway, Kinbane is a great place to visit. We sort of lucked into discovering this castle ruin because of an Ireland travel sight. The castle ruin sits down below a cliff, on a small...More

Thank Angela T
Reviewed 4 September 2018

This has to be the undiscovered gem on the North Coast. The castle ruins are relatively intact, but it’s their location right on the point of Kinbane head that makes it. You can almost touch Scotland as the waves crash around the rocks below. Stunning...More

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22 March 2015|
Response from LeesaS88 |
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