Wednesday, 27 September 2017


Ballywalter used to be called Whitchurch, and there is still a church known as the White Church, believed to have been built during a period starting from the 13th century, with transepts added later.  Medieval coffin-lids can be found outside the northeast corner of the church.  The beach is long and sandy, and there are rock pools for the kids to investigate.  During the winter the beach is frequented by over-wintering birds such as Ring Plover, Golden Plover and Manx Shearwater.

Ballywalter Park is a Georgian house built around 1730 and altered signifcantly during the following century by Sir Charles Lanyon.  The house is surrounded by 270 acres of grounds including a lake and woodlands, and the flora include an extensive rhododendron collection.  Visits to the house can be arranged for groups only.  The house has been used for filming a number of times, in one case doubling as St Petersburg, and in another with the grounds representing the World War I trenches in Flanders.  Productions have included The Wipers Times and Wodehouse in Exile.

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Photo by Sue Adair, via Wikimedia Commons

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