Situated in a wild, windswept and remote area, Ballyquintin Point forms the southern tip of the Ards Peninsula. This beautiful reserve also lies on a low, exposed, rocky coastline consisting of small promontories, bays, inlets and islands. The point was formed by a raised beach of shingle and cobble stones, gently sloping inland to low cliffs. Such deep banks of raised beach shingle or vestiges from the last ice-age are found nowhere else around the Ulster coast. The thin soils support only sparse, dry grassland which briefly come to life in May and June with a colourful array and display of wild flowers. The patches of low-growing burnet raised flower are spotted here profusely from May to July and produce their unusual, purple hips soon after.
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