Officially, there is a townland in County Down called Craigogantlet. However, I defy anyone to find that spelling with the middle “o” anywhere on the hills between Newtownards, Dundonald and Bangor.
The closest I have seen to the official name is on this 18th century gravestone in Movilla Cemetery.
As to the meaning of the townland name, according to the PLACENAMESNI website, it derives from the Irish Carraig Ó gCaoindealbháin meaning “rock of the descendants of Caoindealbhán”.
The motor racing event known as the Craigantlet Hill Climb takes place every year on these hills, but the route is actually in the neighbouring townland of Ballymiscaw.
Away from the crossroads and the Hill Climb, Craigantlet is quiet. And this is the sweetest-smelling townland that I’ve been to.
Which civil parish is Craigogantlet in? Newtownards.
Which townlands border Craigogantlet? From Craigantlet, it’s downhill in every direction. Staying in Newtownards parish, you find Ballymoney, Ballyskeagh High and Killarn. Over the boundary with Bangor parish is Ballysallagh Major. Go down the western side of the hills and you reach Carrowreagh and Dunlady in Dundonald parish. Move north into Holywood parish and the next townlands are Ballymenagh and Ballycultra.
Which council area is Craigogantlet in? Ards and North Down Borough Council
Which county is Craigogantlet in? County Down