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Place Category: Beaches
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!
The sea here is safe for swimming but there’s no lifeguard on duty but there is a great promenade with sports area and a marina.
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 under water 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 include parking, promenade, wheelchair access, toilets and child Friendly areas. It’s about a 5 minute walk to the town with all its amenities.
Ballycastle Beach allows dogs.
Ballycastle Beach 7-day Weather Forecast
Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures falling to 14°C on Thursday.Mostly cloudy throughout the day.Today's Forecast
12->1529% 87% 6 mph
7:15 am 7:20 pmPartly cloudy throughout the day.Monday, Sep 25th
11->153% 40% 1 mph
7:17 am 7:18 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day and breezy starting in the evening.Tuesday, Sep 26th
12->159% 84% 17 mph
7:19 am 7:15 pmLight rain throughout the day and windy until afternoon.Wednesday, Sep 27th
13->1447% 96% 22 mph
7:21 am 7:13 pmLight rain and breezy starting in the evening.Thursday, Sep 28th
10->1433% 79% 9 mph
7:23 am 7:10 pmLight rain in the morning and evening.Friday, Sep 29th
11->1537% 84% 10 mph
7:24 am 7:08 pmRain in the afternoon and evening and windy starting in the evening.Saturday, Sep 30th
10->1444% 30% 16 mph
7:26 am 7:05 pmLight rain and windy in the morning.Sunday, Oct 1st
13->1458% 58% 14 mph
7:28 am 7:02 pm
Ballycastle Beach Tide Times
Ballycastle Beach Bathing Water Quality
No water quality measurement available for Ballycastle Beach.
Photos from around the surrounding area