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Motte & Bailey

Harryville Motte and Bailey, the remains of a 12th century fortification comprising an earthern castle mound (motte) and protected courtyard (bailey) below, is located on the southern outskirts of Ballymena.




2 miles

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Parkland & Grassland, Riverside, Urban


Public paths steep in parts

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Wildlife Moorhen,Grey wagtail,Grey heron

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

Commencing from the car park at the rear of Sainsbury's Petrol Station in Ballymena cross over the road and follow the riverside path downstream past the Braid water Retail Park to the Harryville Bridge. Turn left over the bridge to Henry Street. Turn left into James Street and Moat Road. Turn into the Motte and Bailey site at the ply park entrance. Follow the path along the base of the Motte that leads down to the Larne Road Link. Turn left onto the riverside path and continue back to the starting point.

Getting to the Start

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk




Ballymena Walks

Publication Availability

TIC Free

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland

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