Portballintrae was originally a fishing village – a cluster of whitewashed cottages nestled around the horse shoe-shaped Ballintrae Bay. Many of its earlier buildings have been beautifully restored and maintained – including the fishermen’s cottages, the Old Coastguard Station and Seaport Lodge. The latter is an excellent example of Ulster’s Architectural Heritage and was built in the 1770’s by the Leslie family as a bathing lodge.
The village is adjacent to the Giants Causeway, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Site
Off the coast of Portballintrae a team of Belgian divers brought up the greatest find of Spanish Armada treasure ever recovered from a wrecked ship. The Girona’s recovered gold jewellery is on show in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.