Another Country Antrim townland today: Bentra.
The townland of Bentra is near the town of Whitehead. From the A2 coast road its name is easily spotted on this sign and on the neighbouring restaurant “The Bentra Grill”.
According to the website of the Northern Ireland Place-Names Project, the origin of the name Bentra is uncertain. There are similar Irish placenames such as Bantry Bay in County Cork and Bantry in County Wexford, but nobody is sure of their origin either. Maybe people called the Beantraighe, or hilly places known as Beanntrach? Some old records give the name of this townland as ‘Ballybantragh’, but that “Bally” is not used today.
The next sign explains that Royal Naval Air Service airships were based at Bentra to protect the Princess Maud cross-channel ferry and guard incoming convoys in the North Channel from German submarines.If you want to read more about Bentra and the airships, click here for a link to the project researching that part of Bentra’s history.
Which county is Bentra in? County Antrim
Which civil parish is Bentra in? Templecorran
Which townlands border on Bentra? To the north, Forthill. To the east, Castletown, Temple-Effin, and White Head. To the south, Knocknagulliagh. To the west, Carnbrock and South West Ballycarry.