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Ballantrae is a small village in Carrick, South Ayrshire, Scotland, at the mouth of the River Stincher.

The name is thought to be derived from the Scottish Gaelic ‘Baile na Tragha’, meaning ‘town by the beach’.

With spectacular views of Ailsa Craig, Kintyre and the Isle of Arran, it was the setting for the novel ‘The Master of Ballantrae – A Winter’s Tale’, written in 1889 by Robert Louis Stevenson.

There are many shipwrecks documented from the early 1800’s as this was a busy shipping route, with treacherous rocks and frequent on-shore gales.

Many lives were saved by the lifeboatmen and fishermen, but the lifeboat was disbanded in 1917.

Fishing was the main occupation, and a new harbour was built in 1847, of Arran free stone.

It was funded by the fishermen and the Board of Fisheries, at a cost of £5.585.00.



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