Ballycastle Beach

Ballycastle, Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

Ballycastle Beach over a kilometre long and overlooks the Mull of Kintyre, the one Paul McCartney sings about!

It’s a sandy beach and perfect for sandcastles which don’t blow away as the beach 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 treacherous!

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. It’s about a 5 minute walk to the town with all its amenities.

Pans Rocks (the remains of an iron salt pan) is at the far end of the beach which, jut out to the sea and are a popular location for fishing. They are easily accessible by a footbridge. 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.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Portrush Whiterocks Beach
  • Rathin Island
  • Portrush Nature Reserve
  • Royal Portrush Golf Club
  • Dunluce Centre
  • East Strand Beach



  • Parking
  • Dogs allowed
  • promenade
  • Wheelchair access
  • Toilets
  • Child Friendly areas
  • Seaside award

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