Torr Head

Stephen Maxwell

Joined March 2008

Artist's Description

The view towards Torr Head, which is 6.6 miles from Cushendun, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. This is the closest point between Northern Ireland and Scotland, 12 miles, and the Mull of Kintyre can be seen in the distance. This headland was important in the 1800s for recording the passage of transatlantic ships with the information being relayed to Lloyds of London. The ruins of the recording station are on top of the ‘Torr’ and the disused building at the end of the road was the living quarters of the customs staff.

Also on the headland are the walls and ruins of Altagore cashel which date back to the sixth century.

I had not visited this location since, roughly, 1972. My dad was driving a Ford Transit and as we were driving up the narrow road, a car coming down the hill and being driven very fast almost crashed into us causing my father to swerve. Our van hit a stone on the verge bending a track-rod end. My father walked to a nearby farmhouse and the farmer brought a tractor down, put a chain round the rod and pulled it straight(ish). While all this was going on my mother, brother, sister and I were sent to the farm where we got tea and fresh baked soda bread. The farmer’s wife smoked and I remember my mum later buying cigarettes and posting them to her with a thank-you note.

The farm not in the image, is now derelict, although it looks like it is being maintained to a certain standard.

Finding myself in the area one day I decided to visit Torr Head and the memories came flooding back.

Nikon D70, Nikon 24 -150mm VR Zoom.

Featured in ‘At the Edge’ and ‘Northern Landscapes’.

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