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Ballycastle

Ballycastle is a pretty Georgian seaside resort town. It is a popular summer holiday location for people from county Antrim and surrounding areas. The town forms the shape of an hourglass, and its streets are lines with quaint shops and pubs. Ballycastle Beach has been awarded an EU Blue Flag for its clean, safe waters.

Oul Lannas Fair - August

The Oul Lannas Fair has been held on the last Monday and Tuesday in August since 1606. It has a modern version of the ancient Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa. The Fair features
  • Sheep
  • Wool
  • Arts and crafts
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Street entertainers
  • Traditional snacks including
    • Dulse (sun dried seaweed)
    • Yellow man (rock hard yellow toffee)

Things to Do in the Ballycastle Area

If you have time visit,  Rathlin Island, where Robert the Bruce, the Scottish King, took refuge in a cave when fighting against the English. Or visit the nearby  rope bridge of Carrick-a –Rede, which bridges the gap between the mainland and the Island of Carrick-a-Rede, a popular spot for local fisherman.

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Ballycastle marina. Image: Aidan McMichael

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