Ballycastle Beach

Ballycastle beach, Ballycastle, County Antrim

Place Category: Beaches

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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!

    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 allows dogs.

    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.

  • Ballycastle Beach 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures peaking at 17°C on Friday.

    Today's Forecast
     Breezy starting in the afternoon and light rain overnight.
       26%  83%   20 mph
      7:13 am    7:23 pm
    Sunday, Sep 24th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       34%  87%   9 mph
      7:15 am    7:20 pm

    Monday, Sep 25th
     Partly cloudy throughout the day.
       7%  45%   4 mph
      7:17 am    7:18 pm
    Tuesday, Sep 26th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and breezy overnight.
       12%  84%   15 mph
      7:19 am    7:15 pm

    Wednesday, Sep 27th
     Windy until evening and light rain starting in the afternoon.
       44%  89%   23 mph
      7:21 am    7:13 pm
    Thursday, Sep 28th
     Light rain and breezy overnight.
       21%  53%   13 mph
      7:23 am    7:10 pm

    Friday, Sep 29th
     Breezy in the morning and rain until afternoon, starting again in the evening.
       65%  74%   20 mph
      7:24 am    7:08 pm
    Saturday, Sep 30th
     Light rain in the morning.
       50%  52%   10 mph
      7:26 am    7:05 pm

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