- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Ballycastle
With its name meaning ‘town of the castle’, Ballycastle in County Antrim is situated on the north-eastern most tip of Northern Ireland. It is the northern mainland limit of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town provides spectacular views of the coastline as well as the Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. The town’s headland, Fair Head, rises 196 metres out of the bay. Visitors to the town often walk the famous trail known as The Grey Man’s Path, which winds its way around the rugged coastline. Goats can often been seen roaming along the cliff’s edge and between the rocks. Other scenic views are provided by Knocklayde, a heather-covered mountain overlooking the town. Travellers to the town can also unwind on Ballycastle Beach which is a designated Blue Flag beach and a popular spot for fishing. A cycling route runs from Ballycastle to Torr Head and Cushendun, offering spectacular views and scenery. Additionally, the town is known for its many historic churches. Popular events in the town include the Lammas Fair, which is held annually on the last Monday and Tuesday in August.