A photographer's paradise - Ballintoy Part 1
The tiny harbour at Ballintoy and the surrounding coastline is a photographer's paradise. There is a photograph to be made at every step. It has clearly excited the attention of HBO with various scenes from 'Game of Thrones'. In fact their cameras are now rolling for Season 4 as I discovered a few weeks ago when my attempts to drive down to the harbour were thwarted by security men. They had chosen their weather well, as I had. But they were there first and no doubt were paying more than I was for the privilege of shooting! Two nights later I tried again, with more success as I arrived just as the last of their vehicles was leaving.
The harbour itself is stunningly picturesque, although it can be difficult during the tourist season to find it deserted. Even at dawn it can be busy with large camper vans having recently taken to parking there overnight. (That explains why the green boat is slightly clipped in the picture below - to include more of it would have meant including part of a camper van.)
The lime kiln (not included in this picture) witnesses to the harbour's function in a former (19th century) life and it is still a working harbour, used by local fishermen.
There is a handy little cafe at the harbour for the thirsty, peckish or just plain lazy. But it is outside where the action is. The scenery is beautiful. A few metres to the right of the cafe there is a gap in the rocks where water pours through at high tide into a natural pool - and where it explodes through in stormy weather.
This is my Mothers favourite place and at 91 was there before the Game of Thrones.Nothing like fresh mackerel and wheaten bread.
I love your work it's amazing, Ballintoy Harbour is so beautiful very relaxing place to visit. Michael and I have a wee campervan we have never stayed over night but we can be seen parked at all hours day and night watching the waves or just enjoying the peace and quiet. Your work takes me there even when I am at home. Keep posting your pictures
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