Ballycastle Beach, Antrim



Ballycastle beach is over a kilometre long and overlooks the Mull of Kintyre. It’s a sandy beach whose backdrop is dramatic cliffs on one side and great castle ruins on the other above a massive limestone outcrop. You can see Rathlin Island from here and take a boat trip to go diving at one of the wrecks there but be careful as the waters can be dangerous!

Pans Rocks (the remains of an iron salt pan) is at the far end of the beach that juts out to the sea and is a popular location for fishing. They are easily accessible by a footbridge and look out for the face carved in the rock!

The Devils Churn is just beyond Pans Rocks. Steps have been carved into the stone to an underwater tunnel. The sea floods and empties the tunnel hypnotically making a thunderous eerie noise.

The town is at the northern tip of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ballycastle is also famous for its Lammas Fair, which is held every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of August.

A popular cycling route runs from Ballycastle to Cushendun, by way of Torr Head, offering spectacular views and scenery.

Facilities at the beach include parking, promenade, seasonal lifeguards, wheelchair access, toilets and child-friendly areas. It’s about a 5 minute walk to the town with all its amenities.

Ballycastle Beach has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Ballycastle Beach has dog restrictions. Dog restrictions in place.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have one beach around Ballycastle, 13 beaches in Antrim, or check our list of Antrim Dog Friendly Beaches.

Beach Water Quality

No water quality measurement available for Ballycastle Beach.


Our 7 day weather forecast for Ballycastle in Antrim

Expect a temp in the range 14℃ to 14.2℃ with wind speed 3.4 m/sec (SW)
Sunday, Jun 13
Expect a temp in the range 14℃ to 14.2℃ with wind speed 3.3 m/sec (SW)
Monday, Jun 14
Expect a temp in the range 10.9℃ to 11.9℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (W)
Tuesday, Jun 15
Expect a temp in the range 9.4℃ to 11℃ with wind speed 2.4 m/sec (WSW)
Wednesday, Jun 16
Expect a temp in the range 13℃ to 16.1℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (SSW)
Thursday, Jun 17
Expect a temp in the range 9.9℃ to 11℃ with wind speed 1.2 m/sec (NNW)
Friday, Jun 18
Expect a temp in the range 10.1℃ to 10.9℃ with wind speed 5.3 m/sec (NNW)

Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK


Our tide forecast for Ballycastle Beach in Antrim.

You may also like ...

In this 'you may also like' section we attempt to answer what else can I do? Here you have a list by order of being the closest some more beaches, things to see and do, places to eat and upcoming events.

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap