Ballintoy Church was built in 1813 and is perched on a hill above Ballintoy harbour. It is one of the most scenic churches in the country and is often pictured with the stunning vista of Rathlin Island in the background. The name Ballintoy means  ‘northern townland’ in Irish. The church has a sundial that dates from 1817 affixed to the exterior wall on the west corner which was apparently used to record tidal movements. It originally had a steeple which was damaged during a storm but was never replaced. Many notable landed families whose names appear on gravestones here include The Stewarts of Ballintoy, Downing Fullerton and The Stewart-Moore family. The area was recently used as the backdrop for filming scenes for the new series of global smash hit fantasy series, ‘Game of thrones’, which has just been nominated for 13 Emmy awards.

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