• Irish: Port Bhaile an Trá
Road leading into the village
Portballintrae is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population734 (2001 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPortballintrae
Postcode districtBT57
Dialling code028
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NI Assembly
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55°12′50″N 6°32′44″W / 55.21389°N 6.54556°W / 55.21389; -6.54556

Portballintrae (from Irish Port Bhaile an Trá, meaning 'port of the beach settlement') is a small seaside village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is four miles east of Portrush and two miles west of the Giant's Causeway. In the 2011 Census, Portballintrae had a population of 601, a decline of 18% compared to 2001.[1] It lies within the Causeway Coast and Glens District Council area.


Portballintrae from the A2 road to Bushmills.

Donald Trump

In 2007 Portballintrae was considered as a location for a proposed £1 billion golf course complex by American tycoon and former American president Donald Trump.[2]

Spanish Armada

Main article: Spanish Armada in Ireland § Ulster

Between 1967 and April 1968 a team of Belgian divers (including Robert Sténuit, the world's first aquanaut), located the remains of the wreck of the Girona off the coast of Portballintrae and brought up the greatest find of Spanish Armada treasure salvaged up until that time.[3][4] The recovered artefacts are now on display in the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

Places of interest

Runkerry House as it stands today

2001 Census

Portballintrae is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 734 people living in Portballintrae. Of these:


  1. ^ "2011 Census key statistics tables on demography". Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. 16 August 2022. Retrieved 14 January 2024.
  2. ^ Caldwell, Johnny (2 December 2007). "Trump golf complex welcome in NI". BBC News. London, UK. Archived from the original on 24 May 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Girona gold: How a diver discovered 400-year-old treasure". BBC.co.uk. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  4. ^ Sténuit, Robert (1973). Treasures of the Armada. Trans. Francine Barker. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. ISBN 0-525-22245-6.

55°12′51″N 6°32′45″W / 55.21403°N 6.545792°W / 55.21403; -6.545792