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BALLYGELLY nnan. 33
along the shore from Lame to Black-cave I-lead, at low
basaltic cliff, and thence to the bold promontory called
Ballygelly-head. This latter is a specimen of the basaltic
strata, in a state of incipient columnization. The diffe-
rent strata are composed of rudely formed pillars, whose
joints measure from eight to ten feet, and all have a
dip towards the land, as is the case along the whole
Antrim coast. Under Ballygelly-head stands abold rock,
which, at high water, is completely insulated. Upon its
summit are the ruins of an ancient castle, said to be erected
by .a prince of former days, to preserve his daughter from
‘ the unwelcome addresses of a suitor; but love could not
be controlled, and the fair one was ultimately carried oil’
by her adoring and enterprising admirer. The ruin
is called Cairn Castle from its situation. From the
,5 T high-road is seen the mansion of the Shaws, erected in
p 1625, a venerable looking edifice, ‘in a bleak and deso-
l late situation, hanging over the sea; and on the right are
‘ the hills called the Salagh Braes, under which is seen
the little church of Cairn-castle parish.
I The view now back towards Ballygelly-head, is ex-
‘ tremely grand; the head-land appears to rise abruptly
from the sea, a property which basaltic promontories
possess in a very eminent degree, while the shore winds
in a semicircular sweep from its base by Shaw’s Castle for
a considerable distance, and forms a magnificent estuary.
The view is not unlike the Bay of Killiney, on the coast
of the county of Dublin, but the indented outline of Bray-
head renders it rather a nobler object than Ballygelly
promontory. The Salagh Braes, a continuous range of
h dark precipitous hills, limit the prospect, and arrest the
re ‘ attention. They are composed of a limestone base, sup-
porting a stratum of basalt, and capped with a rich and
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