Ballycastle

Travel Guide
Torr Head showing farmland, tranquil scenes and landscape views

Ballycastle is a town in Northern Ireland, located in County Antrim, near to the northernmost tip of the country. Its proximity to the coast, and the fact that it is located on an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near the Antrim Coast and Glens, has led to it being an extremely popular destination for tourists.

From the shoreline at Ballycastleit is possible to see both the Mull of Kintyre and Rathlin Island, which are just 6 miles across the water. The ferry across to Rathlin Islandruns regularly throughout the day, offering an experience you’ll want to take advantage of. Rathlin Island is just six miles long by one mile wide. It is home to no more than 70 people and offers visitors a genuine sense of peace and tranquillity. As well as the rugged landscape and unspoiled environment, the island has its own colony of wild seals and is home to an RSPB Seabird Centre. Once you’ve experienced the glories of nature you could pay a visit to the local pub, pick up some food in the restaurant or enjoy some award-winning fish and chips from a spot with stunning sea views.

The Beach in BallycastleBack on the mainland itself, Ballycastleis famed for three quarters of a mile of unspoiled beach – a mix of golden sand and a small amount of shingle, it runs from Ballycastle Marinaat one end to Pans Rock at the other, and is just 5 minutes walk away from the town centre. With the unspoiled greenery of Ballycastle Golf Course running behind it for most of its length, and the waters of the Atlantic rolling and crashing up onto the sands, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic walk or a day of family beach fun.

Sea-Based Activity in BallycastleThe presence of Ballycastle Marina, located just next to the Rathlin Island ferry port, brings together a wide range of activities taking advantage of the easy access to the sea. It’s up to you whether you opt to try your hand at diving, experience the exhilaration of a high speed ‘sea safari’ or enjoy the more tranquil pleasures of a leisurely fishing trip.

Walking Around BallycastleFrom the traditional seaside appeal of the town centre itself, to the stunning scenery which is literally right on the doorstep, staying in Ballycastle means you can walk in any direction and soon find yourself in the midst of some of the finest landscapes the island has to offer. A long walk for ambitious, seasoned walkers is the Moyle Way, which starts in the centre of Ballycastleand takes in the Five Glens of Antrim, the Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve and Glenariff Forest Park. The whole 26 miles may be too much for the casual walker or family group, but any individual section of the walk offers access to rich woodland, spectacular moorland scenery and the shores of rivers and loughs.

Booking Your Ballycastle TripBallycastle certainly ticks the boxes: natural beauty, coastal landscapes, some of Ireland’s best walking routes, high adrenaline action activities and the traditional warmth of Irish hospitality. What more could you ask for?

Glass Island Boutique Luxury B&B
Glass Island Boutique Luxury B&B
5 out of 5
11 Beechwood Ave, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
The price is £110 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Ballycastle bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Rathlin Island Ferry and Ballycastle Beach. Fair Head and Carrick-a-Rede ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (37 reviews)
"Lovely place with great host"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2021

Glass Island Boutique Luxury B&B
The Salthouse Hotel
The Salthouse Hotel
4 out of 5
39 Dunamallaght Rd, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
The price is £174 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ballycastle Beach and Bonamargy Friary. Rathlin Island Ferry and Causeway Coast are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (27 reviews)
"Superb views of coast to east of ballycastle,including fairhead. Food was excellent, although some variation to the menu would be good for guests staying 2 or more nights. Easily accessible to ballycastle."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2021

The Salthouse Hotel
The Marine Hotel
The Marine Hotel
3 out of 5
1-3 North Street, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
The price is £133 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rathlin Island Ferry and Ballycastle Beach. Fair Head and Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (250 reviews)
"Nice few of the sea from bedroom but very noisy as couldn't get window to close properly."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

The Marine Hotel
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Kinbane Self-Catering
Kinbane Self-Catering
4 out of 5
85 Whitepark Road, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
The price is £115 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
Situated near the beach, this cottage is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kinbane Castle, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and Ballycastle Beach. Sheep ...
5/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Top Spot!
"Great location for exploring the beautiful Antrim coast. It views are amazing and it’s really cosy. Could have stayed longer!"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

Kinbane Self-Catering
Makem's Self Catering Cottage
Makem's Self Catering Cottage
4 out of 5
85B Whitepark Road, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
Situated in Ballycastle, this holiday home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kinbane Castle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Causeway Coast and Ballycastle Museum. Carrick-A-Rede ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
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"Beautiful cosy modern house with fabulous scenery. We all enjoyed our stay here."

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2020

Makem's Self Catering Cottage
Fianna Log Cabin
Fianna Log Cabin
3 out of 5
12 Ballyvennaght Road, Ballyvoy, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Fair Head and within 6 miles (10 km) of Church Bay and Murlough Bay. Bonamargy Friary and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Had an amazing stay with my mum and the kids. The cabin was spotless and the hosts were very welcoming and helpful. Will return in the future. 5 stars from us."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2021

Fianna Log Cabin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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