What to do and see in Ballycastle, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 1, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

Discover the best top things to do in Ballycastle, United Kingdom (UK) including Kinbane Castle, Coasteering NI - Private Tours, Sheans Horse Farm, Rathlin Island, City and Causeway Tours, Ballycastle Beach, Ballintoy Harbour, RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre, The Dark Hedges, Murlough Bay and Fair Head.
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1. Kinbane Castle

Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Kinbane Castle

Reviewed By preglad - New York

One of the more charming aspects devotedly well prepared travel is finding a thoroughly missed little gem along the road. A prime such case occurred in central France when spotting a small country road sign pointing toward the home of one of my favorite playwrights, an unknown and exciting connection.
In a less electric yet warming moment, we felt compelled to pull over to savor the welcoming vista of a derelict Kinbane Castle, so much the more assailable now by forces of nature than long buried military foes. There's a tempting stairway down to the cosy beached below, but we were on a relatively tight schedule and had engaged similar opportunities enough pass this time.
The north Causeway Coast of Ireland is a somewhat less explored and generally less harried opportunity to explore Ireland's seaside reveries. It seems - even if blindfolded - impossible to toss a dart at a trade including of all of Ireland's coastal towns, without being able to enjoy a wonderful regional week, landing on any option.
Kilbane Castle is yet another small reason why such a frivolous exercise in impulsive gamesmanship would nonetheless introduce keen opportunity.

2. Coasteering NI - Private Tours

Ballintoy BT54 6NA, Northern Ireland
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5 based on 366 reviews

Coasteering NI - Private Tours

Coasteering is the fastest growing Adventure Sport in the UK and one of the best Natural Adventure Sports that you could ever try!Northern Ireland has some of the most dramatic Coastlines in Europe!We have spent years selecting the best venues on offer!It's a match made in Heaven... So why not throw yourself into the action?

Reviewed By WanderingOn_bn - Cork, Ireland

We had an EPIC morning with Bobby and Kat scrambling over rocks, jumping in and out of pools and enjoying the water. It was so much fun, we felt totally at ease and perfectly safe with the guys who seemed in their element in the water and were great craic throughout the morning. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for some adventure while visiting the Causeway Coast - the 2 hours flew and the big jumps at the end were just incredible! Do it!! :) :)

3. Sheans Horse Farm

38 Coolkeeran Road, Armoy BT53 8XL, Northern Ireland +44 7759 320434
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5 based on 132 reviews

Sheans Horse Farm

Enjoy the most extensive Horse / Pony Trekking and Hacking facilities along Ireland’s North Coast at Sheans Horse Farm. Sheans Horse Farm is a Riding School and Trekking Centre on the McKinley family farm in the North Antrim hills. Our riding takes place on miles of offroad tracks that wind high into the beautiful North Antrim Hills. Beginners or confident riders can experience the freedom, fun and buzz of horse riding at Sheans Horse Farm.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

My wife and I had the best time riding horses here. She rode a Norwegian Fjord horse and mine was an Irish Cob horse. Danny is an excellent guide. They select a horse and guide you through how to ride. It was very easy to feel at ease with all the staff there. Danny and Mary are wonderful people who customize the time with you. Thank you for one of the most memorable experiences. We will be back soon!!

4. Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 320 reviews

Rathlin Island

Between Ballycastle and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland, Raithlin Island is eight miles long and barely one mile wide.

Reviewed By preglad - New York

There's a compelling natural life force attraction to Rathlin Island, about which I've read much read as well as seen numerous motivation video and stills. Our four night stay centered itself around the proximate and wonderful Crockatinney Guest House and its delightful family run operation.
The experience begins with reasonably priced ferry tickets (in season best previously purchased) at the town harbour which offers a variety of timeline options to and fro. The ride itself is short as Mainland and isle are both in site soon and often of one another.
We'd unfortunately missed the compelling birds, seals etc show by a couple of weeks. However the inexpensive bus tour ride with charming driver offers good info and outstanding frequent vistas, engaging stories especially as we climbed and descended from varied perspectives.
For walkers and even bike renters there are a myriad of delightful options. There's a money exchange machine and dining facilities within a short walk of the pier as well. For us the best quality of Rathlin is its rugged beauty and thoughtful maintenance of its revered and compelling natural balance.
Without the wildlife show in full staging, we spent less than three hours, but for others under different circumstances, a much lengthier day or stay is easily a fine option. I've chosen excellent as a rating despite the fact Rathlin wasn't at this time putting forth its very best in season production.

5. City and Causeway Tours

Causeway Road, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
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5 based on 176 reviews

City and Causeway Tours

Reviewed By AgouraTraveler - Agoura Hills, California

The trip was easy to book via e-mail, and the replies were prompt given the time difference. Stevie, our guide for the day, was awesome! He was personable, knowledgeable and flexible. We traveled on roads not taken by the large coaches and Stevie explained the history, told us stories, and even did trivia questions as we experienced the beautiful County Antrim coast. Our lunch break was at a quaint cafe with a delicious surprise at the end of the meal. We highly recommend this excursion!

6. Ballycastle Beach

7-15 Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle BT54 6QS, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 242 reviews

Ballycastle Beach

Reviewed By Ceini0g - Wales, United Kingdom

Took a walk on Ballycastle Beach after a busy day sightseeing with friends.
We parked the car in nearby car park and walked a short way to the shore.
Beautiful long beach with stunning views of Fair Head and Rathling Island (where Robert the Bruce took refuge for three months after fleeing his homeland during his fight for Scottish independence). Lovely way to relax.

7. Ballintoy Harbour

B15 Coast Road, Ballintoy, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 582 reviews

Ballintoy Harbour

Reviewed By brendywell

The harbour is beautifully situated and a delight to visit. It has been used for filming scenes for Game of Thrones. The surrounding area is lovely to stroll around, with fabulous views.

8. RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre

Rathlin Island Delivery Office Rathlin Island, Rathlin Island BT54 6RT, Northern Ireland +44 28 2076 0062
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre

A must-visit for unrivalled views of Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony and a chance to explore Rathlin's unique 'upside down' lighthouse part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland Trail. Before you even step ashore, look out for gannets, gulls and dolphins during the ferry crossing. Once on the island, head four miles west (by privately-operated bus, bike or on foot) to the RSPB NI Seabird Centre. Here you'll have close-up views of Northern Ireland's biggest seabird colony, where thousands of puffins, razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes and others jostle for space on the cliffs overlooking the colony from May to July. Friendly staff and volunteers are on hand to answer questions and binoculars and scopes are available to use free of charge. There is a 158 step descent to the viewing platform and lighthouse. Registered guide dogs can access the Visitor Centre. Other dogs must be tied up outside the Visitor Centre during a visit.

Reviewed By cararro - New York City, New York

Yes, we were disappointed to miss the Puffins, but its not about us. The RSPB seabird center offers a close up look at this nesting site, and we enjoyed the Fulmars, Kittiwakes, and flybys from Gannetts, Skuas, Gulls, etc.
Very helpful staff of volunteers. Open until September. Check online for best months to view Puffins, etc.

9. The Dark Hedges

off Bregagh Road, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland +44 28 2766 0230
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Dark Hedges

Reviewed By Ceallachain

I wouldn't be paying ridiculous amount of money to see a free attraction! It's on a public road for all to see, you can just pull in and take pictures, it was quiet busy, lots of tourists etc it's creep, but really cool to see. And that's me saying this even though I have never even watched one episode of GOT!

10. Murlough Bay and Fair Head

Excellent
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5 based on 93 reviews

Murlough Bay and Fair Head

Reviewed By Greygirl2 - Ballymena

New walk listed in Walkni.com. Well worth the effort. We did the blue walk around the cliff tops. Stunning views of coastline , Rathlin and Scotland. So beautiful . The walk is over rough ground ( not footpaths ) but well signed.
Waterproof boots or good walking shoes are best option

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