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Best things to do in Ballycastle

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Bus Station
“Great pub with lively atmosphere. Food served throughout the day and evening. Try to chowder as a mains - gorgeous!”
15 locals recommend
Food
“Beautiful restaurant and traditional bar in the heart of the town that offers not only award winning food but a great atmosphere, live music, open fire, wide range of beers and wines. Be sure to check this place out.”
15 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great coffee, pastries and one of kind sourdough bread. Gorgeous hidden gem that offers something different fro the usual cafes in the area. Great vegan and vegetarian options and real fresh foods.”
13 locals recommend
Fish & Chips Shop
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“Morton's offer fresh fish and shellfish caught in local waters. Produce includes lobster, crab, scallops, salmon, cod, haddock, plaice, whiting, sole, prawns and smoked fish. Other species are available upon advanced request. During the winter months Morton's Fish Shop opens Thursdays and Fridays from 0900 until 1700hrs. Summer opening is Tuesday to Friday from 0900 until 1700hrs and Sat from 0900 until 1300hrs. You can order your fresh fish and eat alfresco in the newly constructed outdoor eating area. BYOB:)”
9 locals recommend
Café
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“Great little café during the day, with a fabulous selection of homemade breads, soups, pastries and coffees - plus much more - kid, vegans and vegetarian friendly:) And on Saturday evenings (Friday and Saturday during the summer months), it transforms into a pizzeria. BYOB - which is cool:) Lovely socialable atmosphere. Locals all love it!”
10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious varied menu using locally sourced produce, especially if you enjoy seafood. Very reasonably priced with a decent wine selection also. A good early bird menu also available. Booking advisable at the weekends as very popular with local residents.”
7 locals recommend
Bar
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“Only open on Friday and Saturday evening this is an essential place to hear great Irish music. The bar is from the late 1700s and still in pristine condition. Musicians from across Ireland play here. ”
5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“It’s stunningly beautiful and quieter than some of the other beaches on the Causeway Coast. I walk there every day. Stunning views to Rathlin Island, Fairhead and Scotland. ”
4 locals recommend
Convenience Store
“You can find all your essentials here, groceries, wine and beer, and much more. ”
4 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great location on the sea front next to the marina so the view as you eat is stunning. The menu is extensive, the portion size generous and the value is exceptional. A must for a tasty breakfast or a leisurely lunch.”
4 locals recommend
Establishment
“Situated in an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' on the North Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland between the world famous Causeway Coast and the Glens of Antrim. Ballycastle Golf Club offers a full 18 hole, part links, part parkland, championship course open to members and visitors all year round.”
4 locals recommend
Convenience Store
2 locals recommend
Bar
“Restaurant situated upstairs from the bar. Fantastic service, great selection of food for meat eaters, vegetarians, children etc.. Try the roasted mediterranean vegetable curry and naan! Really really delicious. Great steaks and wide selection of wines and beers.”
6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Bonamargy Friary was built close to the mouth of the Carey and Shesk rivers by Rory MacQuillan in 1500. The rival MacDonnell clan fought for and claimed the friary from the MacQuillans in 1588. The cloister, gatehouse, altar and church are well preserved except for the thatch roof. There are many interesting features including the east window, a staircase and a sealed burial vault. The coffins of several Earls of Ulster and chieftain, Sorley Boy MacDonnell, lie within.”
3 locals recommend
Bar
“Enjoy a great nights craic in the modern front bar or head to the nigh club to dance the night away”
3 locals recommend
Cafe
“The best place in town for a tasty treat located on the sea front serving the best ice cream sundaes and novelty drinks. Great value and great selection”
3 locals recommend