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Ballintoy Harbour Pastel | by David in Lisburn
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Ballintoy Harbour Pastel

Soft Pastel/Pastel Pencil artwork. Done on Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper using a mixture of Unison soft pastels and Faber Castell Pitt and Stabilo Carbothello pastel pencils. 41x27cms approximately.


Ballintoy is a small village and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The village is located about one kilometre from Ballintoy Harbour, a small fishing harbour located at the end of a very small, narrow, steep road down Knocksaughey hill which passes by the entrance to Larrybane and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The harbour is host to a Dawn Service on Easter Sunday each year.


There has been no significant development within the village in the past and, as a result, Ballintoy's population has slowly declined and was only 165 people in the 2001 Census. The village has modest commercial and social facilities including tourist accommodation, restaurants, several small shops, and two churches. The best known church is the distinctive white Ballintoy Parish Church on the hill above the harbour. The village was originally built around a single street separating the inland pastures from the strip fields running towards the sea. Two of the village’s oldest hotels and pubs, the Carrick-A-Rede Hotel and the Fullerton Arms, still stand on this street.


The village was used for the fictional town of Lordsport in the isle of Pyke in the second season of HBO's medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones.

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Taken on March 6, 2015