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
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
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.