The Cottages


‘Wee’ Stookan – Stookan represents the Irish Stuacán  ‘a pinnacle’. Great may or may not be a translation of the Irish mór ‘great / large’. We have called this cottage ‘Wee Stookan’ instead of ‘Great Stookan’. This is because it is our smallest cottage but has all the charm and wonder of ‘Great Stookan’.

Wee Stookan
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Weirs Snout
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Weir’s Snout – This is a headland along the North Coastline that seems to be so named due to a resemblance of the rock formation to a snout. It is said that ‘Weir’s Snout’ is one of the best possible places to view the Giant’s Causeway.


Hawk’s Hollow – Hawk’s Hollow is located near Dunservick Castle ruins where Saint Patrick is said to have visited. This cottage has uninterrupted views down to the sea and makes for a great birdwatching spot (you may spy a few hawks)!

Hawks Hollow
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The Bungalow also has 3 bedrooms, which sleeps up to 6 people. This charming cottage has a private garden and patio, in which to enjoy the stunning views.


Portnaboe – (Also known as ‘Port of the Cow’) At Portnaboe bay you will find remains of low stone walls. There is some dispute as to how they came to be and what they were built for. One theory is that they were built to keep sheep and cattle penned in, hence the name ‘Port of the Cow’. Another theory is that they were used to dry seaweed picked from the shore. The most intriguing theory is that these walls were built by Vikings for wintering at the Causeway. It is known that Vikings would build walls in the shape of a hull along the coastline. They would then turn their boats upside down and this would provide them with waterproof shelter against the harsh elements. Perhaps we will never know why the stone walls were built at Portnaboe but it certainly makes for interesting discussion! We also think it serves as a great name for a cottage!

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Portnoffer – It has been said that the name would seem to simply be from the Irish Port an Aifir ‘Port of the Giant’. Portnoffer cottage is one of our largest cottages so it is apt that its name derives from a port that belonged to a giant!


Portcoon – (Also known as ‘Narrow Harbour’)- Portcoon harbour was the inspiration when naming this cottage. Portcoon is famous for its sea cave which extends over two hundred yards. The cave is famous for its tales of smuggling and ghostly pipers! It is said that Victorian visitors would hire boats to see the stunning coastline and when they would pass Portcoon they would have some extraordinary encounters!

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 Truin – (Port Na Truin also known as ‘Port of the Miserable Witch’) This cottage may derive its name from a port linked to miserable witch but we hope and trust you won’t be miserable when you stay in this cottage.


Lacada – (Also known as the ‘Chimney Stacks’) Lacada is the point at the Giant’s Causeway where the Spanish Armada sank as it made its way along the coast. Around 1300 were lost that night – 26th October 1588. We named this cottage after Lacada point but given that the cottage is largely spread over the first floor, there is hopefully little chance of you sinking when you stay there!

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 Finn’s Barn Loft – Inspiration when naming this barn loft came from the legend of Finn McCool. It is said that the Giant’s Causeway was built by Finn as a walk way to fight the Scottish giant, Benandoner. Finn’s barn loft faces out towards the Giant’s Causeway and thus we decided to call the barn after the man to whom so much of our beautiful giant’s causeway is accredited to!


Benandoner’s Barn Loft – Inspiration for this barn loft came from the famous story of Finn McCool. It is said the Giant’s Causeway was built by Finn McCool as a walk way to fight a Scottish giant, ‘Benandonner’. It is said that Finn fell asleep he woke to find the Scottish giant approaching. Finn realised Benandonner was much larger than himself and ran to his wife Oonagh for advice. Oonagh disguised Finn as a baby and made him curl up in an cradle. Benandonner returned to Scotland and destroyed the Causeway as he made his way home.

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Below is a gallery of some images of the cottages.

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  1. An absoutely brilliant weekend as always at Ballylinny Cottages. 31 of us stayed for annual Quire residential. Accomodation superb. Would recommend Ballylinny Cottages for a break. Thanks Alan. Elaine on behalf of Quire. See you next year if not before. Thanks again

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