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Shipwrecks

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It is inevitable that with such a rugged coastline there are numerous shipwrecks in the surrounding coastal area.

Perhaps the most famous is the HMS Drake which lies in about 100 feet of water in Church bay (the sound of Rathlin Island). During second world war the Drake was torpedoed by a German U-boat along the north shore of Rathlin, the ship managed to limp around the east of the island before sinking in Rathlin sound. The mast could still be seen over the waves until recent years, a marker buoy now marks the spot. It is particularly popular with diving enthusiasts and deep sea fishermen as it lies in such a sheltered location.

Diving

There are over one hundred ships within Ballycastle bay and Rathlin sound with more along the east and west coastline. A few that I can recall would be the Loughgarry lying in 90 feet of water along the east of the island about 800m off shore, the Santa Maria of Fairhead and the Templemore in 60 feet not far from the entrance to Ballycastle harbour.

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Portstewart Diving Club

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Ballycastle Accomodation

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  Fairhead View Caravan Park Whitepark Road Ballycastle

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Silvercliffs Holiday Park 21 Clare Road Ballycastle, BT54 6DB Tel: +44 (0)28 2076 2550 turningw-3758560Website
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caravan-7439510 tent-9536507 Indoor Adventure Pool, Bar
Indoor heated swimming pool- Sauna, solarium and spa bath- Bar and lounge with live entertainment- Children’s play area and forest- Cafe/snack bar- Launderette

These two bedroom apartments enjoy a beautiful setting and offer comfortable accommodation all year round.

Colour TV- Kitchen- Shower- Bed linen and duvets- Additional sleeping for two on a double sofa bed in the lounge area in apartments and caravan- Electricity by coin meter- Travel cots £10pw each- No all-male, all-female, or young mixed groups – please check when booking- Pets £25pw in caravans only

You can also take your boat – there’s a slipway just 1/2 mile away!

Silvercliffs Chalet (sleeps 6)
Comfortably equipped three bedroom chalet. One double and two bunk bedrooms. No pets.

Silvercliffs Apartment (sleeps 4-6)
Comfortably equipped two bedroom apartment. One double and one twin. No pets.

Silvercliffs Caravan (sleeps 6-8)
Comfortable and spacious caravans.

  All year

Hayes Caravan Park Clare Road Ballycastle

Tel: +44 (0)28 2076 2905

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Maguires’ Strand Caravan Park Carrickmore Road Ballycastle Tel: +44 (0)28 2076 3294

or +44 (0)28 2076 2466

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Sheep Island View Accommodation 42a Main Street Ballintoy, BT54 6LX Tel: +44 (0)28 2076 9391

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Children welcome, Children Discounts, Dogs welcome, snrcitzen-2323217 Senior Citizen Discounts, Suitable for less able people (check for details), caravan-7439510 Caravaning facilties, Credit Cards accepted, golf-5256538 Golf Arranged/Available, Fishing available/arranged, language-3946741 Foreign languages spoken, nosmoke-2829716 No smoking, ride-7580699 Riding available, tent-9536507 Camping Facilities, walks-3919046 Waymarked walks, Bicycles for hire, Dive Equipment For Hire, boat-7147045 Boat hire arranged, comunaltv-3808221 Communal Television, laundry-3803113 Laundry facilities, Ironing Facilities, hairdryer-2380824 Hairdryer available, Licensed to sell alcohol, parking-6012048 Car parking, vege-8343770 Specialist food available, Payphone, Visitors Garden, NITB – Approved by Northern Ireland Tourist Board

Tents or Caravans- price per night per pitch.

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Islandarragh House

Mrs. Jane Kane 7 Islandarragh Road Ballycastle BT54 6HX

Tel : +44 (0)28 2076 2933

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Single Room £20 Double Room £36

Twin Room £36

Open all year.

Islandarragh is newly refurbished, 1920’s farm house placed idyllically at the foot of Knocklayde mountain nestled in it’s own grounds with a garden that is available to residents. It is 3 miles from Ballycastle with the National Cycling Route No.93 passing the door and with the Ulster Way a few hundred feet down the road. There is also a terrific view down Glentaisie to the sea.

 

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Hillsea B&B

  Mr. M Jameson 6 Rathlin Road Ballycastle Tel : +44 (0)28 2076 2385

Fax:+44 (0)28 2076 2385 

NITB, Member of Town & Seaside House Accomodation
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Pack Lunches, Babysitting Arranged/ Available, Near Ulster Way, Near Cycle Route, Near Sea

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Fullerton Arms

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Mrs Anne Taggart 22 Main Street Ballintoy, BT54 6LX Tel/Fax: +44 (0)28 2076 9613

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6 miles from Ballycastle in Ballintoy village
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Bar, Restaurant, In house Entertainment, Near Ulster Way, Near Sea, Seaview, Pack lunches prepared

1 off Single Ensuite Room Low & High Season £25 3 off Twin Ensuite Room Low & High Season £40 5 off Double Ensuite Room Low & High Season £40

2 off Family Ensuite Room Low & High Season £60

Open all year.

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Cushleake House

env010-1715083 Phoebe Traill 32 Quay Road Ballycastle, BT54 6BH Tel : +44 (0)28 7133 8326

Mobile : +44 (0)77 9064 7481

NITB Beautiful Victorian family home. Ensuite available, sitting room with open fire.

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Close to beach, building of interest, golf course, tennis courts, restaurants and shops. Views of Knocklayde and Parklands. Convenient to Ulster Way.

Open all year.

Situated between the Giant’s Causeway and the beautiful nine Glens of Antrim is our elegant Victorian family home built around 1870 by Sir Frederick Boyd. In style with the house the rooms are big and comfortable. We are close to the beach (blue flag award), tennis courts, golf course, bowls, all kinds of fishing, ferries, horse-riding, restaurant, shops and pubs.
Views of Knocklayde and Parklands. Sitting-room with TV & video, and open fire. TV, tea and coffee making facilities in all central heated bedrooms. We have a fine collection of hand build wooden models of galleons and also Morse-keys (as used by Marconi) and special dive-equipment on display. The work of a young promising artist is on display. Private off the road parking! And yes many guests complement us of the homely atmosphere and good breakfasts! On request we rent bicycles and dive-equipment. And if you feel like it we can take you for an introductory dive. Waymarked footpaths are close and bicycle route No.93 passes our frontdoor. We are open all year and ensuite is available.

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Knocklayde Mountain

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Knocklayde mountain towers above Ballycastle at 514 metres and can be seen for miles around. I have yet to climb it, but I can hazard a guess at the magnificent site that will greet me when I do. You can gain access from the Glenshesk side via a local farmer’s yard who is only to happy to let you park your car and pass through his farm to the base of the mountain. Be prepared  for a steep climb, not for the fainthearted.

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Ballycastle Railway Station

Several years ago (in the days when few could afford a personal car), Ballycastle was part of a railway network that connected many of the local small towns and villages together.

ballycastletrain01_500-1262651 NCC narrow gauge S Class No.43 arrives at Ballymoney with the 10:40am service from Ballycastle, 18th April 1948. Built by the NCC in 1920, the locomotive was a two cylinder von Borries compound, with one high-pressure cylinder on one side of the locomotive and  a slightly larger low-pressure cylinder on the other. No.43 survived until 1954.
This photograph appears courtesy of Stenlake Publishing and is taken from their book ‘Lost Railways of Co. Antrim’  www.stenlake.co.uk

Construction of the Ballycastle Railway started in December 1878, and it was hoped o have the line in readiness for the summer traffic of 1880. However the inspecting officer from the Board of Trade was unhappy with the cheap way the line had been built and didn’t give permission for it to open until 18th October 1880, by which time the defects had been corrected.
From the start the line was always in financial difficulties, despite attempts at various economies. By 1922 the Railway Commission had become aware of Ballycastle Railway’s difficulties and recommended it’s absorption by the NCC. However a single loss at the end of 1923 spelled the end of the railway.

Armoy Station, facing Ballycastle, 20th May 1950. ballycastletrain03_500-2468860
This photograph appears courtesy of Stenlake Publishing and is taken from their book ‘Lost Railways of Co. Antrim’  www.stenlake.co.uk

At a meeting of the board on 21st January 1924 it was decided to close the line. On 8th February the shareholders consented to the closure and this happened on 24th March 1924.

But the closure was by no means the end of the story. The railway approached the Northern Ireland government for assistance, but they were not prepared to help as they had other matters to deal with. So the only other options available were to either try and sell the line as a going concern or sell it for scrap.

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This photograph appears courtesy of Stenlake Publishing and is taken from their book ‘Lost Railways of Co. Antrim’  www.stenlake.co.uk

The neighbouring Northern Counties Commission were approached and they offered £10,000. Obviously disappointed with the offer, the board asked for more and other shareholders lobbied the NCC to increase the offer, which eventually they did. So the Ballycastle Railway was sold to the LMS NCC for £12,500 on 4th May 1924.

NCC S Class No.43 takes on water at Ballycastle, 18th April 1948. Standing at the platform are carriages Nos. 352 & 353. These carriages were among four specially built  for the Ballymena and Larne boat trains in 1928. Complete with lavatories and corridor connections, they offered high er levels of comfort to any other narrow gauge carriages  in the country. They were transferred to Ballycastle line in 1933  after the boat trains were discontinued. ballycastletrain05_500-3122355
This photograph appears courtesy of Stenlake Publishing and is taken from their book ‘Lost Railways of Co. Antrim’  www.stenlake.co.uk

Services did not recommence immediately as the new owners had a backlog of maintenance to catch up with as well as re-equipping the line with rolling stock transferred from the NCC’s other narrow gauge lines. The railway reopened on 11th August 1924, although legal title to the line did not come about until 7th August 1925.

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This photograph appears courtesy of Stenlake Publishing and is taken from their book ‘Lost Railways of Co. Antrim’  www.stenlake.co.uk

The new owners managed to keep the line running economically to the extent that it was the last of the NCC narrow gauge lines to close. The end finally came on 3rd July 1950 when the Ulster Transport Authority closed the line completely.

Locomotive No.43 with coaches Nos.352 & 353 at Ballycastle, forming the 2:15pm service to Ballymoney, 18th April 1948. The line closed completely two years later. ballycastletrain07_500-9733450
This photograph appears courtesy of Stenlake Publishing and is taken from their book ‘Lost Railways of Co. Antrim’  www.stenlake.co.uk