Ballycastle Beach (Antrim)

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  • 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.

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  • 7-day Weather Forecast


    Light rain today through Saturday, with high temperatures rising to 9°C on Thursday.

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    Sunday, Jan 27th
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  • Beach Bathing Water Quality


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