Ballymorran

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.

Ballymorran signsThe 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.

Ballymorran cowThe landscape of fields, stone walls and drumlins rolling down to Ballymorran Bay is impressive…….

Ballymorran drumlins…..unless you are a sheep, in which case you don’t pay much attention to the view.

Ballymorran sheep with hornsAccording 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.

Ballymorran sheepI was back in Ballymorran Bay in October, on a calm sunny day after the harvest.

Ballymorran fields and waterIt’s a good place to sit and reflect.

Ballymorran harvest reflectionThere’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.


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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 council area is Ballymorran in?  Ards and North Down.

Which county is Ballymorran in?  County Down.

Finally, click here for the PLACENAMESNI website to see a map of the townland of Ballymorran and to read more about the origin of the name.  

 

 

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