Last time I was blogging from Ballyholme, in Bangor, County Down.  Today I am in the neighbouring townland of Ballymacormick – and the kitesurfers have followed me.

Ballymacormick kitesurferBallymacormick Point sticks out into the Irish Sea between Bangor and Groomsport.  I was flying in from London when I took this photo from the air in January 2015.  The fields and rocky shore are in Ballymacormick; the houses and harbour are in Groomsport.

GroomsportIs it cheating to re-use photos from older posts?  This one has appeared several times for  various locations along the North Down Coastal Path.  Today it’s useful for showing you Ballymacormick Point.

North Down Coast Path sign - east of BangorThe walk along the coastal path round Ballymacormick Point is lovely, if you can work out how to open this gate.

Ballymacormick gateBeyond the gate the landscape and seascape are both a little bit wilder.

Ballymacormick point rocks

Ballymacormick clover rocksIf you want lusher, more settled scenery, go inland and take the Groomsport Road instead.

Ballymacormick fieldAccording to the PLACENAMESNI website, Ballymacormick simply means “McCormick’s townland”.

Ballymacormick Road signBack in 1625 the name appeared on  as “Balle MCormock” on a map.  An image from that map is on display in  Groomsport.

Groomsport Raven townland mapBy 1832 there were other spellings, like “Ballycormic” on this gravestone in the churchyard at Bangor, for the Barr family.

Headstone for Barr of Ballymacormick in Bangor

more information

Click here for a guide to the route of the North Down Coastal Path.

Which county is Ballymacormick in? County Down

Which civil parish is Ballymacormick in?  Bangor

Which townlands border Ballymacormick?   To the west, on the far side of the A2 East Circular Road dual carriageway, the townland of Ballyholme.

To the east, Groomsport.

To the south, Towerview Crescent is the beginning of the townland of Ballymaconnell.

Click here to see a map of Ballymacormick on Townlands.IE.

And finally, click here to read about the townland name on PLACENAMESNI.ORG.


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