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Address: Cushendall road, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

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Interesting and peaceful just outside Ballycastle

We have driven past the Friary on a few occasions on the coast road coming to Ballycastle from Cushendall (scenic route from Belfast). This time we stopped to see the ruins which... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 May 2016
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Cashel, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A pretty cool find, free of course as its a ruin but folks are still buried there. Check out the story of the haunting by the Black Nun and don't forget to get a picture of her odd tombostone.

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Europe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stumbled upon these ruins and graveyard on my walk back from Fair Head. They are free to go in and explore. It's a fascinating place with an interesting history and myths/legends (see the few signs posted throughout the grounds). It's relatively small and you can easily see it in about 20 mins, though I took longer to take photos.... More 

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belfast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I suggest reading the history of the place before visiting; it puts it all in context. The sense of the ancient is almost palpable as you wander through the old graveyard or stand outside the O'Donnell family tomb in the church ruins. A must-visit if you are in the area.

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Thank MartinJi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit if you are in ballycastle I would say it's a mysterious setting right up my street beautiful remains tho beautiful Celtic cross

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Youngstown, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

This was my second time to visit the Friary. Though some of the inner rooms and a staircase have been blocked off since my first visit (understandably given the amount of people wandering through), it was still a beautiful visit. The Friary is located just outside of Ballycastle and was an easy walk for my family and me. Walk past... More 

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belfast
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

We have driven past the Friary on a few occasions on the coast road coming to Ballycastle from Cushendall (scenic route from Belfast). This time we stopped to see the ruins which are well preserved. The Bank Holiday weekend weather was fantastic and we found the history of the Bonamargie Friary very interesting. Some graves actually date back to the... More 

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Oude-Tonge, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Mysteriouus setting and nice remains of the friary. Not touristic and quiet. It is a pitty the direct surroundings are a golftrack.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

Having driven past the Friary countless times over the years, it was only during a recent stay in Ballycastle at the Marine Hotel, that my husband and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and go exploring. This is when we realised that it wasn't just the golf course but also the Bonamargie Friary! We went and had... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

Stumbled upon this on the way back from the beach walk, hit it as the sun was getting low and the light was perfect. My partner particularly enjoyed investigating the various military graves as well as the Friary itself.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

The grounds and exterior of the friary is free and open to walk around. There is an information board and the grounds are well tended. It's a shame that the interior access is barred as it would have been nice to go into the few remaining chambers. The place is signposted (a small sign, easy to miss) and has a... More 

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