Townlands, Fieldnames and Feature Names

Causeway Coastal Route Alive

Stone walls – cut from the quarry at Ballintoy by Welsh miners in the 19th century

Have you ever wondered how different places were named?

Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) is pleased to present the initial results of our Townlands, Fieldnames and Feature names research project in the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Travelling along the Causeway Coastal Route between Portrush and Ballycastle there are many well-known place names such as Dunluce, the Giant’s Causeway, Dunseverick, Carrick-a-Rede and Kinbane.

Many of these place names have fascinating origins; however it’s not just the key sites which are important for the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Almost every field, mound, cave, bay, rock, headland and hedge has been named along the Causeway Coast.

To help decipher the origins of place names and get local people talking about and recording their local heritage, CCGHT has initiated a long-term research project with local community groups and schools. CCGHT has produced a mobile exhibition which explores the connections between the landscape and the townlands, fieldnames and feature names of the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This exhibition is available free of charge, to local groups and schools. The exhibition panels can be viewed using the links below.

To produce this exhibition CCGHT worked with Quarto Consulting to survey local landowners and collect an information archive relating to the natural heritage of the Causeway Coast AONB. Much of this information will be made available on this webpage over the coming months.

Exhibition Panel One – “The Causeway Coast”

Exhibition Panel Two – “Names and Language”

Exhibition Panel Three – “Names and Stories”

Exhibition Panel Four – “Names on the Coast”

Exhibition Panel Five – “Names on the Coast”

Exhibition Panel Six – “Names and Land-Use”