Today I’m continuing my summer tour of County Down’s coastline, exploring the townland of Kearney.

Kearney roadsignThe Ballyblack Road will take you across the Ards peninsula from Portaferry to Kearney.  If you see this tractor, you’re on the right track.

Kearney tractorThe Kearney Road ends at a (free) carpark beside a village of white cottages, now restored and rented out by the National Trust, which bought the land in 1965.  From the carpark, you can walk down to the shore, following signs like this.

Kearney National Trust postIsn’t this the gentlest trail you’ve ever seen?

Kearney grass pathThings are a bit sharper at the shore.  Which is a good thing for me, because I was looking for stones, cairns, angular rocks, or any of the possible sources for the townland name.  PLACENAMESNI suggests that the place had a medieval Irish name like Baile Chairn meaning “townland of the cairn” which was then replaced with a Scots version – cairny.

Kearney wildflowers and rocksI walked here in June – a perfect time for wildflowers like thrift and sea campion.

Kearney wildflowersAlso a perfect season for grazing and suckling.

Kearney suckling calf

more information

Click on these links for more information on walks from the Kearney carpark:


Linda Stewart “Walk of the Week” in the Belfast Telegraph

Which county is Kearney in?   County Down

Which civil parish is Kearney in?   Ballytrustan

Which townlands border Kearney?   Dooey and Knockinelder.

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

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



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