Heading north out of Cushendun the Causeway Coastal Route takes on the name Torr Road, and after a few miles there is a turnoff from this to Torr Head. This headland, with its spectacular views of the Mull of Kintyre, was used in the 1800s to record the passage of Transatlantic ships for Lloyds of London, and the remains of the old lookout station are still visible. This was also one of the first places where Marconi’s wireless telegraphy system was installed. Nestled against the headland on Portaleen Bay is a small harbour, a reminder of a former salmon fishery.
Further north is Murlough Bay, known for its flora, fauna and geology, with birdlife including eider ducks and peregrine falcons. Beyond the bay is Fair Head, which has been described as Northern Ireland’s tallest cliff face, rising to 600 feet above sea level. As well as fantastic views along the coast and across to Scotland, there are goods views of Rathlin Island, which lies just across the way. The headland is popular with rock climbers. Running around the headland is a path called The Grey Man’s Path. The Grey Man in question is said to derive from a local legend about a “devil-horse” living in nearby Lough Dhu who wandered along the path disguised as a human and frightened the living daylights out of a local woman called Mary McAnulty.
|Ballycastle beach, September 2010 (01). Photo by Ardfern, via Wikimedia Commons.|