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Ballycastle Beach

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Ballycastle Beach - County Antrim

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The traditional seaside town of Ballycastle is located on the Causeway Coast Route of Antrim, not far from the Giant's Causeway, Glens of Antrim and Rathlin. It is also home to a particularly fine stretch of sandy beach.

The beach runs from Ballycastle's marina all the way to the popular fishing spot of Pans Rocks just over a mile away. At the town end of the beach the river Margy river flows into the sea. This can be crossed via a stone bridge that leads from the seafront promenade.

Despite not being patrolled by a lifeguard service the beach at Ballycastle is generally regarded as quite safe for swimming. Ballycastle is also a popular surf spot.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed but must be kept under control during the summer.

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  • Crazy golf/putting
  • Good fishing
  • Surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Childrens play area
  • Shop
  • Promenade
  • Pier

Nearest town



OS grid ref.

NW 3067 9821

Water quality

Water quality star rating