Carnalea is a townland on the County Down coast, on the western edge of Bangor. Modern day landmarks are Carnalea Golf Club, Tesco Springhill and Carnalea Methodist Church.
The western boundary between the townlands of Ballykillare and Carnalea is a stream that tumbles down into Belfast Lough.
Even in February 2018, some flowers were in bloom at the coastal end of the path. These are winter heliotrope (Petasites fragrans).
From the Carnalea shore, you can see across Belfast Lough to County Antrim.According to PLACENAMESNI, the name Carnalea came from the Irish Carnán Lao meaning a small cairn or heap of stones of the calf.
This bus stop has an interesting spelling. Records from the seventeenth century show this townland as Ballecarnaneleagh, Ballincarnamleigh and Ballencarndeogh. So let’s consider this one a historical variation, not a typo.
We go back to the standard spelling at the railway station – which is actually in the neighbouring townland of Ballykillare. After all my photography I discovered that the train station displayed the best view of Carnalea townland – a mural created by pupils from Rathmore Primary School.
Which county is Carnalea in? County Down
Which civil parish is Carnalea in? Bangor
Which townlands border Carnalea? Ballykillare, Bangor Bog and Ballyvarnet.