The townland of Ballymorran is located on the western shore of Strangford Lough, in County Down. In May 2015 I drove there through Balloo and Killinchy.
The narrow, winding, picturesque roads in this area are also popular with cyclists. Click here for a guide to the route published by CycleNI. You won’t meet much traffic, just the odd cow.
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name Ballymorran comes from the Irish Baile Morainn meaning “St. Morann’s townland”. Who was the saint? Probably Morand, bishop of Nendrum, who died in AD 684. The site of Nendrum Monastery is located in the townland of Mahee Island, a short distance north of Ballymorran.
There’s a great description of Ballymorran bay from a canoeist’s point of view on the Song of the Paddle website. Click here for a link to Neil’s quest to visit every island in Strangford Lough.
Which other townlands border Ballymorran? To the north, Killinakin. To the west, Killinchy. To the south, Tullycore and Quarterland. To the east, Strangford Lough and the island townland of Conly Island.
Which civil parish is Ballymorran in? Killinchy
Which county is Ballymorran in? County Down.