Whitehead, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Whitehead, on the opposite side of Belfast Lough to Bangor, actually used to be one of Northern Irelands premier seaside resorts in the early to mid 20th Century. In a lot of ways its hard to imagine that now but the current reinstating of the famous “Gobbins Path” along the Blackhead cliff edge here could well bring thousands more visitors to the area as in its heyday the path drew crowds from across the country.

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The path (seen above on a postcard from 1902) gradually fell into disrepair and crumbled into the ocean, and its been closed for decades now. But back in 2013 work began to rebuild it where its expected to reopen again later this year. The tubular section above was replaced a few months ago and can be seen here: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/54-ton-bridge-craned-in-to-cliffhugging-gobbins-coastal-path-near-larne-30685152.html Whitehead is the home of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland, and in the mid 1970s Sting (aka Gordon Sumner) from The Police lived here with his ex-wife Frances Tomelty, a Northern Irish actress. Its a quiet and not unattractive little town with some nice walks along the lough shore.

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The colorful houses along the promenade.

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Looking towards Whitehead from the small beach. If you look really closely to the far left you can see a steam train heading for Belfast.

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A plane descends along Belfast Lough for the city airport.

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An early Winter morning at Whitehead.

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A panoramic view of the bay.

Whitehead, County Antrim

Whitehead is a small seaside town on the east coast of County Antrim, lying almost midway between the towns of Carrickfergus and Larne. It lies within the civil parishes of Island Magee and Templecorran. Before the Plantation of Ulster its name was recorded as both Whitehead and Kinbaine (from Irish an Cionn Bán, meaning “the white head”).

Located at the base of Muldersleigh Hill, at the entrance to Belfast Lough, Whitehead lies in a small bay between the limestone cliffs of Whitehead and the black volcanic cliff of Blackhead, with the Blackhead Lighthouse on top, marking the entrance to the Lough. Whitehead is notable in that there are no streets with the suffix “Street” in their name, giving rise to the nickname ‘The Town With No Streets’.

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This picture (and the two below) were taken from a moving train so the quality isn’t just up to scratch, but the bay at Whitehead still looks quite nice in this.

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Quite a strange cloud formation. I expect its to do with the wind hitting the two land masses at this point (Ireland and Scotland) which are very close together here separated by just a few miles of ocean.

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Another sunset picture just a few miles South of Whitehead. Even an oil refinery can look good with the Sun in the background.