Downpatrick head

Downpatrick Head is located 3 miles north of Ballycastle village standing 126ft above the sea with fantastic views of the Atlantic, the Staggs of Broadhaven and high cliffs along the shore.

This is the perfect place to stretch your legs with an invigorating coastal walk during your road trip.

The name Downpatrick is derived from a time when St Patrick himself founded a church here. You can still see the ruins of the church building, a stone cross and holy well here today. This was once a popular pilgrim destination, and today the crowds still gather here on the last Sunday of July – known as Garland Sunday – to hear mass at this sacred site.

You can see the sea foam flying from the well.

Ireland’s patron saint is also honoured with a statue that was built in the early 1980s.

This sea-stack is called DΓΊn Briste (broken fort).

This Structure has excellent views of the Wild Atlantic Ocean.

Photo showing the distance of the rock from the shore

Local legend says that when a pagan chieftain refused to covert to Christianity, St Patrick struck the ground with his crozier, splitting a chunk of the headland off into the ocean, with the chieftain on top!

The sea stack is beautiful to behold because you can see the layers upon layers of multi-coloured rock strata.

Personally I think it looks like a piece of chocolate cake 🍰 πŸ“πŸ˜Š

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  • TourismIreland

    We like the way you think! πŸ˜„ A giant's chocolate cake, put in the sea for fresh-keeping! 🍰

  • yanid

    A piece of giant cake? ☺️☺️


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