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Downpatrick Head is a majestic heritage site found about 5km north of Ballycastle
village. Jutting out into the ocean and rising almost 40m above the waves, it provides
unparalleled views of the Atlantic, including the unique collection of islands known as
the Staggs of Broadhaven. You can also spot the nearby Dún Briste sea stack, with its
different coloured layers of rock and nesting sea birds.
In addition to the natural scenery and wildlife, Downpatrick Head is home to the ruins
of a church, holy well and stone cross, which together mark the site of an earlier
church founded by St Patrick. Ireland’s patron saint is also honoured with a statue that
was built in the early 1980s. Given its religious associations, Downpatrick Head was
once a popular destination for pilgrims, who came here each year on the last Sunday
of July, known as ‘Garland Sunday’. Today that tradition lives on, and mass is still
celebrated at Downpatrick Head on that same day.
Explore this specially illustrated map for highlights of particularly striking locations on the route. Read on for our recommendations around these beautiful areas, along with captivating videos from local people telling you more...
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