Bonamargy Friary (Bun na Mairge)
The ruin of a Franciscan friary founded by Rory McQuillan about 1500 and used until the
mid seventeenth century. One of the last friaries to be built before the Reformation, it
was approached by a small, two-storey gate-house. The friary church, originally roofed
with thatch, is long and rectangular, and retains much of a fine east window. Against the
south wall is a fine McNaughten tomb of 1630, and a low, holed cross at the western end is
traditionally said to mark the grave of Julia McQuillan, a recluse nun who lived here in
the 17th century. There is also a sealed vault which contains the coffins of several
MacDonnell chiefs most well known locally was Sorley Boy resting in his massive coffin. In
1584, the church was burned when Irish and Scots attacked English troops quartered here,
but the friars continued to use the church throughout much of the 17th century.
The friary is situated on the edge of Ballycastle Golf Course on the east A2 coast road, easily within walking distance of Ballycastle seafront.