Ballantrae is a community in Carrick, South Ayrshire, Scotland. The name probably comes from the Scottish Gaelic Baile na Tràgha, meaning the "town by the beach". Ballantrae has a primary school. The beach consists of shingle and sand and offers views of Ailsa Craig, the Arran and Kintyre.
Ballantrae beach and Bay, 2020
|OS grid reference|
|• Edinburgh||92 mi (148 km) NE|
|• London||320 mi (515 km) SE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
In June 1673, while holding a conventicle at Knockdow near Ballantrae, Alexander Peden, was captured by Major William Cockburn, and condemned by the Privy Council to four years and three months' imprisonment on the Bass Rock and a further fifteen months in the Edinburgh Tolbooth. James Mackay, 1st Earl of Inchcape of Strathnaver, was the owner of Glenapp Castle on the eponymous estate, and flowering shrubs spell out the name of his daughter on the opposite side of the glen. This daughter, Elsie Mackay, perished in an attempt to become the first female transatlantic aviator in 1928. She is commemorated by a stained glass window in the chancel of the church at Ballantrae. The Glenapp Castle has been converted into a luxury hotel. The Ballantrae Windmill of 1696 on Mill Hill above the raised beach cliffs is one of the oldest industrial buildings in Scotland.
When he was in the Samoan Islands writing his novel The Master of Ballantrae, Robert Louis Stevenson remembered and borrowed the name of the town he had visited on walking tours, but the setting for the novel is not that town.
People from Ballantrae Edit
- "Ballantrae Parish Church - Glenapp Church History". Archived from the original on 21 March 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
- Ayrshire Post article - So Brave and so Beautiful
- Newsdesk (1 July 2020). "Travel Wishlist - Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, Ayrshire - Scotland on Sunday travel". The Scotsman. Retrieved 6 February 2022.