Ballintoy Church, Ballintoy. County Antrim           1813

Ballintoy or ‘Baile an Tuaigh’ means ‘the northern townland’ in Irish. This church is perched on a hill above Ballintoy harbour in one of the most scenic locations on the north Antrim coastline. Rathlin Island and parts of the Scottish coastline can be seen out to sea as well as the stunning white cliffs as a backdrop. The church has a sundial that dates from 1817. This was affixed to the exterior wall on the west corner and was used to record tidal movements. It originally had a steeple which was damaged during a storm and was never replaced. Many notable landed families appear on the names of the gravestones here. These 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.