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Ballycastle is a town situated at the very northernmost tip of Northern Ireland, in County Antrim. It is situated on the coast, with easy access to the harbour, a ferry service across to the nearby island and the stunning natural beauty of the Antrim Coast and Glens.

This combination of coastal and inland beauty has led to Ballycastle being popular with visitors from all around the world. Ready to welcome these is a proliferation of accommodation, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and luxury country lodges.

Speciality Accommodation in Ballycastle

Whilst, as might be expected from a popular tourist destination, Ballycastle features numerous hotels and guesthouses catering to families, business guests and honeymooners, its popularity is such that it also offers what might be termed more niche accommodation.

Located within either the centre of Ballycastle itself, or in the surrounding countryside, it’s possible to find accommodation including a working farm, a backpackers hostel, a conference centre and a luxury converted schoolhouse.

For most people, however, the key to finding the right Ballycastle hotel will lie in its location, and the most popular spot for mainstream hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts is Ballycastle marina.

Hotels Near to Ballycastle Marina

Accommodation situated near to the marina, along North Street, is ideally located to take advantage of the geographical boon of being so close to the coast. Not only will most rooms come complete with stunning sea views out to Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre, but attractions and amenities within walking distance include the facilities of the marina itself, the Rathlin Island ferry, the Causeway Coast Sailing Club and a selection of cafes and pubs.

The hotels and guesthouses situated around the southern end of the marina, around Mary Street, are literally a few minutes walk away from Ballycastle beach. If you’re coming to Ballycastle for a family holiday, or just wish to take advantage of three quarters of a mile of golden sand, then accommodation here offers you the ultimate convenience, particularly after a day of fun and games on the sand and in the sea.

Hotels Near to the Shops

The road which runs inland from the southern end of the marina is called Ann Street, and it is lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars of every kind. It also has several guesthouses and bed and breakfasts along its length, and a room here will mean keeping both the shops, sea and sand close to hand.

Hotels for Exploring Around Ballycastle

Attractions within easy travelling distance of Ballycastle include the world famous Giants Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Bushmills Distillery and the picturesque Glens of Antrim. The smaller guesthouses and inns slightly to the north of Ballycastle, along Clare Road or close to Clare Wood and the A2, area ideally placed for exploring these outlying attractions, whilst still being within easy reach of the amenities of central Ballycastle.