Built in Antrim in 1547 by Colla MacDonnell, this two-storey castle is now all but destroyed.

The name Kinbane means “White Head” and refers to the white limestone on which the castle stands. Not much of the castle remains and the path to the castle is narrow and stepped. Kinbane Castle is a state care historic monument sited in the townland of Cregganboy. The area surrounding Kinbane Castle is a scheduled historic monument and offers spectacular views of Rathlin Island and Dunagregor Iron Age fort.

This two-storey castle was Built in 1547 by Colla MacDonnell. It was partly destroyed under English sieges by James Croft in the 1550s. Gillaspick MacDonnell inherited the castle after his father’s death in 1558. Sorley Boy MacDonnell, Colla MacDonnell’s brother, later acquired the castle when trading property with Gillaspick. It later changed hands to the MacAlisters. The castle remained in the descendants of the MacAlisters until the 18th century.


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Ballycastle, off Whitepark Road, Ballycastle, County Antrim, BT54 6LP

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