In the 1400s the harbour was actually known as Port Brittas and the MacDonnells watched their Galleys sail in. Later it was the main port for coal boats when coal was mined at Fairhead, but in recent years the harbour has become very popular with fishermen and deep sea divers. Each harbour that had been built eventually washed away and so the new Ballycastle Marina was officially opened on Monday 21st June 1999 and is in full use by local fisherman and yachtsmen alike. Each of the 74 berths have fresh running water and an electrical supply within easy reach with ample lighting and a keypad access point to stop unwanted guests intruding your privacy. Most importantly it has a ‘rock armor’ surround ensuring that it will be here for some time to come.
The marina and amenity block is accessible 24 hours a day. Lavatories and showers are available at the marine building as are the laundry facilities.
Moyle District Council
Tel: +4428 2076 2024
The adjoining harbour has also been upgraded by Graham Contractors at the cost of several million pounds to allow access for two ferry services.
The first is a service which has been in operation for a long number of years. A small ferry which on occasion transports cars, people or even sheep from Ballycastle to Rathlin Island on a daily basis.
The second service is somewhat larger vessel capable of transporting fifty cars and passengers to and from Campbeltown which is a small town on the east side of the Mull of Kintyre.