Plans afoot to give historic Ballintoy Harbour lime kilns ‘listed’ status

The lime kilns at Ballintoy Harbour. Picture: Google Maps.

PLANS are afoot to ‘list’ the historic lime kilns which led to the building of Ballintoy Harbour which in recent years has had fame as being ‘Pyke Harbour’ in Game of Thrones.

The Historic Environment Division of the Department for Communities has written to Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council this week.

The correspondence makes reference to the listing of buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

The Department wants to ‘list’ the kilns which would give the kilns special status and any changes to their appearance would require consent.

Comments can be submitted to the department over the next number of weeks

The kilns were built in 1860 for the industrial burning of limestone extracted from an adjacent quarry at Ballintoy Harbour.

It is believed the fuel to fire the kilns may have been locally mined lignite or coal from Ballycastle.

It is believed the lime kiln owners may have spent up to £7,000 to construct the adjoining harbour from which they exported limestone and burnt lime.

It is understood limestone went to Ayrshire and Glasgow, much of which was used in iron smelters for drawing off slag.

The boathouse at Ballintoy Harbour. Picture: Google Maps.


The department also wants to give listed status to a boathouse at Ballintoy Harbour.

The boathouse dates from the early 1870s and was originally associated with the nearby coastguard station at the top of the road down to Ballintoy Harbour.

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