An Caislean

Guest house
Ballycastle, County Antrim
An Caisleán is located mid-way between Ballycastle Seafront and the Town Center and only 5 minutes walk from all main amenities.Ballycastle is located on Ireland's spectacular north coast, close to well-known sites like The Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, Dunluce Castle, and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. You can also visit Rathlin Island, just six miles and 10 minutes away by ferry and take the 90 minutes passenger/bike ferry to/from Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland.
    Nearby Points of Interest
  • Giants Causeway (12 mi)
  • The world famous Giants Causeway with their hexagonal volcanic rocks built by the giant Finn McCool to create a causeway to Scotland is approximately 16 km by car or bus from An Caislean. Access to the Causeway is public. Parking (during visitor centre opening hourse) and/or use of the Visitor Centre and ancillary facilities (including toilets) costs £8.50 per adult unless you are a National Trust member.
  • Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge (5 mi)
  • A pedestrian rope bridge spanning the chasm between Carrick-a-rede island and the mainland, originally constructed for and by salmon fishermen in the summer months, but now a permanent structure managed by the National Trust for which a fee is payable to cross. Opens at 10 am most days. To avoid crowds and queues, aim to be there for 10 am. The view from nearby Kenbane Castle is similarly picturesque but much less crowded than the rope bridge - and it's free of charge!
  • Rathlin Island (6 mi)
  • A beautiful island now easily accessible by a 10 minute passenger ferry from Ballycastle. A bird sanctuary at the western end of the island is a popular destination (especially to see the puffins in spring) but the road to the East and South Lighthouses are also well-worth exploring. The area around Church Bay where the ferry berths may well have been blighted by some unfortunate "developments" but is a good base for a welcome cup of tea or pint of something slightly stronger.
  • Bushmills Distillery (13 mi)
  • The world's oldest licensed distillery (established in 1608, it recently celebrated its 400th anniversary), Bushmills Distillery has set up a world-class visitor centre providing an enjoyable and educational insight into the making of Irish whiskey (older and better than Scotch). Just down the road from the Giants Causeway, this is the perfect attraction after (or before) visiting the Causeway - particularly on a windy, wet day! Check with us for any special offers for our guests.
  • Game of Thrones (Dark Hedges) locations (8 mi)
  • A number of Games of Thrones filming locations are located within a short distance of An Caislean - the Dark Hedges (King's Road), Ballintoy Harbour (the Stormlands), Larrybane (Pyke, the Iron Islands), Murlough Bay (Storm's End), Cushendun Cave (the Stormlands). All of these can easily be toured in a day trip, giving an opportunity to explore this beautiful area while taking photographs of your favorite parts of Westeros.
  • Nearby Activities
  • Walking (0 mi)
  • The Causeway Coastal Walk from Ballycastle to the Giants Causeway and the Moyle Way from Ballycastle to the Waterfalls at Glenariffe are the two most well-known rambles in this area which boast a number of shorter walks. An Caislean are happy to recommend walks for all abilities.
  • Cycling (0 mi)
  • Route 93 offers a well-signposted cycle ride through beautiful small roads and lanes from Ballycastle to the Causeway and Bushmills. The more popular coastal route offers a breathtaking alternative. We suggest that you take one route one way and return the other. We are happy to recommend other daytrips. The "A2" round the coast from Derry to Newry is a popular run for charity fundraising cylists and the like, and An Caislean in Ballycastle is an ideal one night stopover on this route.
  • Rock Climbing (2.5 mi)
  • Nearby Fair Head is a popular destination for rock climbers. Use An Caislean (Guest House, B&B or Hostel) as your base for rockclimbing in the area.
  • Golf (0.2 mi)
  • An 18 hole links Golf course, Ballycastle Golf Club (a 5 minute walk from An Caislean) is one of the founding members of the Golfing Union of Ireland.
  • Tennis (0.1 mi)
  • Grass and hard-surface outdoor tennis courts are located at Ballycastle Seafront, a few minutes walk away. Competitions take place in certain weeks in the summer months. Courts are jointly managed by Moyle Tennis Club and Moyle District Council.
  • Local Events
  • Lammas Fair (0 mi)
  • A festival of family fun to mark the end of the summer, the Lammas Fair on the last Monday and Tuesday of August has to be seen to be believed!. The streets of Ballycastle are thronged with stalls selling goods off-the-back-of-a-lorry, burgers, chips, hot dogs, ice cream, folk singers and all the fun of the fair. The local churches open their halls to offer salad lunches and a cup of tea, while the kids can enjoy the modern amusements which take over the local sports pitches.
  • North West 200 (16 mi)
  • A world-famous motorcycle race on a Saturday in May, the North-West 200 takes place in Portrush along the coast, but many spectators like to retreat to the slightly less crowded town of Ballycastle and its picturesque town centre for their overnight stays.
  • Armoy Road Races (5 mi)
  • Motorbike racing on the last weekend of July in the heart of North Antrim motorbike country - where they breed champions!
  • Tennis Tournaments (0.2 mi)
  • Junior and Senior Tennis Tournaments take place in July and August on grass tennis courts. Contact Tennis Ireland for more information
  • International Airshow (18 mi)
  • World class, and completely free, international air show held on 31 August and 1 September 2013 at Portrush. Just turn up and look up! Given parking difficulties on the day, we recommend a stay at An Caislean and take public transport or taxi to the airshow.
  • Local Amenities
  • Restaurants (0.5 mi)
  • There are a number of restaurants and bars in Ballycastle - all within 5 minutes walk. We are happy to make recommendations to you and to provide menus.
  • Car Rental (0 mi)
  • An Caisleán guests can avail of a free pick-up, drop-off service provided by Roadside Motors Car Rental in Coleraine. Be environmentally friendly! - come to An Caislean by public transport and rent your car in the local area to explore the sites.
  • Bicycle Rental (0 mi)
  • Please ask us in advance if you wish to rent a bicycle either in Ballycastle or on Rathlin Island.
  • Campbeltown Ferry (Kintyre Express) (0.3 mi)
  • Proving very popular, this privately run passenger (and bicycle) ferry between Ballycastle and Campbeltown on the Scottish Mull of Kintrye provides an excellent link for locals and tourists alike between these two beautiful parts of the British Isles. For those travelling from Campeltown we will be happy to arrange pick-up car rental by a local company in Ballycastle for your travels on the Irish side. An Caislean is less than five minutes' walk from the jetty where the Kintrye Express docks.
  • ATM (0.2 mi)
  • Nearest ATM is at Danske Bank, 5 minutes walk from An Caisleán.
Ballycastle Town Centre
(0.5mi, 0.8km)

Take the road through the town towards the seafront, following the signs towards the Rathlin Island ferry. We are opposite Ballycastle Integrated Primary School approximately half way down the road. There are no restrictions on roadside parking outside An Caisleán (the blue numbered roadside markings are for stalls for an annual fair - not for cars!). Otherwise there is parking to the rear of the premises - take the passageway to the left of the nearby Castle Hostel.
Ballycastle Seafront/Causeway Coastal Route
(0.1mi, 0.2km)

At the Marine Hotel, take the road towards Ballycastle Town Center away from the sea. We are approximately 50 meters up that road on your right, directly opposite Ballycastle Integrated Primary School. For parking, drive into the passageway to the left of the nearby Castle Hostel.
(56.0mi, 90.1km)

Buses to Ballycastle leave from the Europa Buscentre (same building as Great Victoria Street Railway Station). A single ticket can be bought for Ballycastle (about £11). The most direct bus is the 218/217/131 service. Take the 218 bus (direction Coleraine or Portrush). Change buses at Ballymena where you can take either the 217 (express) or, if unavailable, the 131 bus to Ballycastle. A longer option from Belfast is the 252 via the picturesque coastal route. Bus stop: Ballycastle Marine Corner
(56.0mi, 90.1km)

Take the train from Belfast Central Station or Belfast Great Victoria Street Station (same building as Europa Buscentre) to Ballymena or Coleraine. From Ballymena take the 217 (or slower 131) to Ballycastle. From Coleraine take the direct 171, coastal 172 or lengthy 178 to Ballycastle. If too late to catch any bus connections to Ballycastle, taxis are easiest to pick up at Coleraine (or contact An Caisleán directly to see if we can arrange pick-up)
(40.0mi, 64.4km)

Take the train from Derry (also known as Londonderry) to Coleraine (direction Belfast). This railway line is very scenic, traveling along the coast. At Coleriane take any bus to Ballycastle (171, 172 or 178) or take a taxi for about £20.

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Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5
 We stayed for 4 nights and saw some local sights eg the Giant's Causeway and Rathlin Island. 
Rachel / Sep 17
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