Ballantrae LandscapeBallantrae Landscape
Ballantrae is an attractive coastal village on the South Ayrshire coast, boasting spectacular views over Arran, Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre and Ireland on a clear day.

Located within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, Ballantrae has been internationally recognised for having a world class environment for people and nature.

A Smugglers' Haunt

Ballantrae was once noted as a smugglers' haunt. In early times the smuggling of tea, tobacco and brandy formed one of the staple industries of the village.

Large pirate vessels called Buckers were accustomed to lie in the bay and discharge their cargoes at Ballantrae. The arrival of one of these vessels was the signal for the smugglers, who were called lintowers. They numbered about one hundred men, armed with cutlass and pistol ready to fight if resistance was offered them in the discharge of their illegal calling.
Smugglers on the beach

More Village History

Ballantrae has an extensive & fascinating history. A dedicated local history group has painstakingly compiled a historical timeline, dating back hundreds of years to ancient times.

Take a trip down memory lane or explore times long past, but not forgotten.
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