Ballyhalbert, Ballywalter & Portavogie

My grandparents lived in Ballyhalbert, a small village of around 300-400 people on the coast of the Ards Peninsula looking out over the Irish Sea. On a clear day Scotland and the Isle of Man are easily visible. As kids my brother and I spent a lot of time there on weekends and during the summer. When I go back to Northern Ireland I always try to spend a day or two visiting old haunts. Thanks to COVID-19 it’s been a while since I was back and I have no idea when I will get back again. So here are a few pictures from a trip I took in 2013.

This first picture in this set is a view of Ballywalter while the rest are of Ballyhalbert Harbour. The sculpture with the large ‘E’ in the second picture marks Burr Point, the most easterly part of the island of Ireland.

These next four pictures are from Portavogie, a few miles down the road from Ballyhalbert and best known as a fishing port. My grandfather would drive down to Portavogie and buy fish landed straight off the boats.