Ballycastle

Population: 5,000+

Distance from Causeway Coast Way: 0.0 km


At the Waterfront with Fair Head in background

Ballycastle is one of the larger tourist towns on the north Antrim coast. The town boasts views across Ballycastle Beach to the iconic form of Fair Head and also across the sea to Rathlin Island and further afield to Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.

Down at the seafront is a large marina and a small ferry terminal. There are several sailings each day across to Rathlin Island from here. Set back from the sea is the centre of the Ballycastle. It's main street is bustling with life with many shops, pubs and restaurants. Around the outskirts of the town is an abundance of B&Bs and caravan parks.

The Oul Lammas Fair is one of the oldest running fairs in Ireland and is held on the last Monday and Tuesday of August every year. It's origins date back around 400 years ago to when the traders came over from Rathlin Island to buy and sell various wares. If planning to walk the Causeway Coast Way at the time of the Fair, book accommodation in the area well in advance!

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