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All reviews car park hidden gem steep steps well worth the effort kinbane head the cliff narrow lane be careful certain level by accident rocky outcrop small ruin signal point off the beaten path around the corner beautiful ruin views are absolutely stunning
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Easy location to find, well sign posted. It's a long way down to the head and twice the walk back up.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KenD2008
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

...I am asthmatic and wasn't fully aware of how steep the climb up and down would be. Uneven steps at various heights but it is worth the effort. Stunning little spot that I never knew about.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MaxineI9
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Kinbane Castle essentially a small ruin, but it's in a glorious location. Be prepared for a good hike (albeit on concrete steps) down and then back out. The castle was built precariously on a large rock that makes for some dicey footing. The seas were...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karla G
Reviewed 30 October 2018

This is a lovely ruin reached by numerous steps but free for the adventurous explorer. There are restrooms and picnic tables at the top of the cliff which make for a nice outing.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 944phyllisk
Reviewed 28 October 2018

This place is more off the beaten path from all the regular tourist traps in the area (Giants Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, etc) and a welcome respite. We had the place all to ourselves for about an hour. There is a small parking lot at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MT1
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Windy during our visit so care required at the castle. Could be difficult to cross with the tide in. Large drops between steps may be uncomfortable on the way down. The 140 steps are a challenge on the way up and a small gate half...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank irb278
Reviewed 22 September 2018

We counted the steps! 150 down on concrete steps with a railing then 30 more steps up to the ruin. The lower part down doesn't have a railing but is very safe. This is a wonderful old ruin located out on the peninsula and we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

You can envision him riding a stallion on the grounds. Everything you would expect to see in a weathered old castle. Amazing views, rolling greens, and rocky cliffs. You could even go so far as to say it is romantic, which is a word I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Not for the faint hearted . A long climb down and a longer climb up again . Theres not a lot of this castle left but the views of Rathlin are beautiful

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jim G
Reviewed 8 September 2018

If you are in the Bushmills area to see the Giants Causeway, Kinbane is a great place to visit. We sort of lucked into discovering this castle ruin because of an Ireland travel sight. The castle ruin sits down below a cliff, on a small...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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dale241981
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Response from LeesaS88 |
I was there about a month ago, it looked to me like there was always access. just a decent path with no locked gates and no staff- be prepared for lots and lots of steps. The American lady who rated the castle terrible may... More
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