Visit Ballycastle: Places to stay, things to do

Want the perfect blend of rural idyll and seaside splendour? Nick Peers discovers the perfect weekend destination in County Antrim

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Why go there?
Ballycastle is perched on the north-eastern most point of County Antrim, and is part of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This rural coastal town exudes character and history, but is also the launching point for some breathtaking coastal walks (climb Knocklayde to enjoy stunning views of the town all the way across the sea to Scotland, for example).
If you can tear yourself away from the town, you’ll find it’s also a perfect base for exploring the surrounding area. Three particular highlights include the world famous Giant’s Causeway, Raithlin Island and the Nine Glens of County Antrim, which encompasses 50 miles of coastline, forests, mountains and peat bogs, plus historic churches and castles.
 
Where to stay
Corratavey B&B and Glenluce Lodge offer around eight rooms between them with a single flat rate of £30 per person per night, which includes breakfast. Both are situated in the heart of Ballycastle, just minutes from the beach and other amenities.
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Where to eat
Quay26 can be found in the old harbour area of Ballycastle, and in line with its breathtaking views of the Sea of Moyle specialises in locally caught (and seasonal) seafood, including scallops, crab and lobster. And if sea food isn’t to your tastes, other main dishes include game, poultry and Irish beef.
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Tell us a local secret
Raithlin Island is Northern Ireland’s last remaining inhabited island, accessible by boat from Ballycastle harbour. The waters around it are filled with wrecks, which makes the sea crossing treacherous enough to only be undertaken in fine weather. 

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