Renowned for it's part in the Great Wars and for being NI's most easterly point
Ballyhalbert village dates back to the mid-17th Century when its inhabitants were mainly fishermen. On a clear day Scotland and the Isle of Man are visible from the village which looks out onto the Irish Sea and the North Channel.
Ballyhalbert is immersed in history. During the First World War, four vessels were captured and sunk in Ballyhalbert Bay by U Boats. Throughout the second World War the village also played a major role; an RAF airfield was built there to protect Belfast and the eastern half of Northern Ireland. This airfield has now been turned into a holiday park for visitors to enjoy.
Within Ballyhalbert there is a sandy beach and water sports enthusiasts can also thoroughly enjoy Ballyhalbert’s harbour which has become a main attraction and centre for jet skis.
Within the village is the Glastry Nature Reserve. It consists of numerous lakes which are formed by digging clay for the nearby Glastry Brickworks. History enthusiasts can also visit an 800 year old castle motte, a standing stone and the ruins of an old church.
Just two kilometres south of Ballyhalbert village stands Burr point, the most easterly point in Northern Ireland. A bronze sculpture of a giant ‘E’ hightlights this. For those who love walking, scenic views and photography Burr point will not disappoint.