Ballycastle

THE TOWN 

Mrs. McAuley's Shop Sharpe & McKinley

 Northern Furnishing Company

Another famous link to Ballycastle came when George Kemp, an assistant of Guglielmo Marconi arrived in 1898 to carry out 'wireless telegraph' transmissions between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle, the trails were commissioned by Lloyds of London who where keen to employ this new found technology in  tracking trans Atlantic shipping. The history of Ballycastle makes fascinating reading and Hugh A. Boyd, a well respected local historian wrote a synopsis of this which is well worth reading. Some  superb walking can be enjoyed around the area -  from a gentle stroll along the beach to a fifteen mile ramble  across the North Antrim Antrim Plateau along the 'well way marked' Moyle Way'. The walks are easily accessible from the town and the choice is wide. Being a gateway to the famous Glens of Antrim it is ideally placed for the visitor, having both a ferry terminal to Campbelltown in Scotland and also to Rathlin Island. The townscape is architecturally pleasing with lots of old, well kept traditional frontages which greatly enhanced the innate beauty and character of the town and makes it an attractive shopping location. Take time to explore and you will find yourself stepping through shop doorways and back in time -  to ways of commerce and trading that can only be describe as 'living heritage'.  The surrounding landscape is equally varied from the picturesque  beach area to the mountain of Knocklayde and  the Glens of Taise and Shesk which flank either side. Close by and on the road to Torr Head are the spectacular locations of Fair Head and  Murlough Bay  which should not be missed if you like breathtaking scenery.  Accommodation is well catered for in the town and their are plenty of local public inns offering live traditional music. With its seaside location, amenities, golf course, forest, beautiful beach and townscape, it provides an ideal place for the visitor to stop en route along the north coast. 

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