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Portbradden – a hidden gem and a surprise!

About 10 days ago, while up at the cottage before the predicted squally rain showers arrived, we took a wee drive down to Portbradden. It is a small cluster of houses and a harbour, with parking for just a few cars.

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Do you remember I shared the cattle on the beach at White Park Bay earlier in the summer? Well Portbradden is at the very west end of White Park Bay and Ballintoy is at the other end. On a day when the tide is low it is possible to walk from Portbradden to Ballintoy ….. today was not one of those days!


A high tide meant my husband and son could only go a short distance towards the bay, while I headed a short distance the other way to take a closer look at a lobster pot.

I love the rattling sound the rocks make as the waves recede, and was videoing the view/sound …. and although unintended, my timing was perfect! (Make sure you watch to the end of the clip!!!)

It really was a memorable moment, and despite being drenched my 9-year-old loved it! So a rather unwelcome but memorable surprise, and great to be able to share it with you too 🙂

The coastal path is closed just past the harbour, heading towards Dunseverick, but I found this old bath, full of water. They do say a sea-water bath is good for you, but I don’t think they meant this!

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We just got back to the cottage as the rain began – quickly got the fire lit! Glad we made the most of the sunshine while we could.

Thanks for joining me for my latest blog post – I love to see visitors from near and far – why not leave a comment and tell me where you are reading this post from? I’d love to know!

5 thoughts on “Portbradden – a hidden gem and a surprise!”

  1. I am in the Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. We visited Northern Ireland this summer. Wanted to connect with my heritage!

    1. Thanks for your visit to my blog Pat – hope you enjoyed your trip here in the summer. Been to Boston and Cape Cod a few times, love it! We actually did a house-swap there a few years ago.

  2. Dave Kozlowski

    Greetings from Texas!

    I just reserved the Ballintoy Harbour Cottage for 4 days next month. I am a freelance photographer, and fledgling photo/travel blogger…my site just opened this week and it’s a work in progress. I’m hoping to have some good images and stories to add to it about our first visit to Northern Ireland! I’m visiting with my future son-in-law. Portbradden looks like eye candy…so glad that I found your post. How far is the walk from the cottage to Portbradden? P.S. I’m adding your blog to my RSS feed! Dave

    1. If you are in one of the cottages down at Ballintoy Harbour then Portbradden is just at the other end of White Park Bay beach, which you can easily walk round to from Ballintoy as long as the tide is in your favour! Probably less 2 miles along the shore from Ballyintoy to Portbradden (not too good at judging distances!) At high tide don’t think you could get to it without going the long way round by road, so check out tide times! Enjoy your trip.

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