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Ballycastle (Baile An Chaistil)

Situated in the district of Moyle, Ballycastle is a traditional seaside town soaked in culture and set against a backdrop of forest parks, rivers, glens, mountains and spectacular coastline. There are two main attractions, the first is the seafront, with views as shown above it is easy to see why. Ballycastle seafront has views of Rathlin Island, Fairhead, Ballycastle beach, Kinbane Head and Mull of Kintyre along with the Marina, Bonamargy Friary, Golf course, Tennis courts, Bowling green, Margy river, various pubs, ice-cream parlours, amusements, restaurants, Hotels, B&Bs, Caravan sites and a Youth Hostel.

 

The second main attraction is the Diamond where folk festivals and other cultural events take place and perhaps most famously the 17th century 'Ould Lammas Fair' is held here annually on the last Monday and Tuesday of August. At the Lammas Fair you can sample the local specialities of 'dulse', an edible seaweed, and 'yellow man' a hard, sticky toffee.

Amongst other attractions are numerous pubs, one of which is well renowned for it's cultural activities 'The House of McDonnell' named so because it's owners are indeed descendants of the MacDonnells of Antrim. Nearby is the old Courthouse which is now Ballycastle Museum.
Ballycastle has not crowded streets filled with holidaymakers but rather a gentle trickle of locals and foreigners alike strolling along enjoying the peacefulness.

Attractions and Activities

Seafront Exhibition and Craft Centre
Situated at the seafront, and tells the story of Ballycastle's very own industrial revolution that took place in the 18th and 19th century. The centre also contains a shop where souvenirs may be bought.
Sheskburn Recreation Centre
Formally the Star of the Sea secondary school, the recreation centre is situated along Mary Street 50 metres from the seafront in the same building as the council and tourist offices. Facilities include a recently refurbished fitness suite, sauna, sports hall, snooker room, snack bar. The grass and hard tennis courts are situated across the road on the seafront.
Silvercliffs Holiday Park The main attraction is the swimming pools with waterslide.
Golf Course Picturesque 18 hole course situated beside the beach and stretching across the whole of the Glenshesk basin.
The Beach A clean and safe beach used by the locals and visitors on a regular basis.
Fishing The Margy river provides excellent fresh water sport, whilst there are deep sea fishing trips also available from the seafront.
Cultural Events A haven for folk dancing and music not to mention the world famous Lammas Fair

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