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Top Choice Bakery in Ballycastle

Ursa Minor

Specialising in sourdough and friands (sweet almond cakes), Ursa Minor is the kind of bakery-cafe you might hope to find in a hip Sydney suburb rather than the seaside town of Ballycastle. When Dara and Ciara Ó Hart…
Top Choice Fish & Chips in Ballycastle

Morton's Fish & Chips

Fish and chips don't come fresher: local boats unload their daily catch right alongside this little harbourside hut. The cod, haddock, scallops, scampi and crab cakes along with chips made from locally farmed potato…
Irish in Ballycastle

Central Wine Bar

The Central Wine Bar is a safe bet for a great meal. Fresh local produce like Armagh chicken, Portavogie cod and Moyle seafood are used to create dishes like chicken Louisiana, poached smoked cod in a ginger, mushro…
Cafe in Ballycastle

Thyme & Co

Lush salads, shepherd's pie, and salmon and egg crumble are among the homemade dishes prepared using local produce at this welcoming cafe. Many of its cakes and bakes are gluten-free; there's excellent coffee too. S…
Castle in Ballycastle

Kinbane Castle

On a limestone headland jutting out from the basalt cliffs, with stupendous views of Rathlin Island and Scotland, this castle, now ruined, was built in 1547 by Colla MacDonnell (son of Alexander MacDonnell, lord of …
Pub in Ballycastle

O'Connor's

Just off the Diamond, O'Connor's is Ballycastle's best pub for music, with trad Thursday nights year-round. From Easter to September, there are also bands in the bar and DJs in the beer garden on Saturday, and jam s…
Cultural in Ballycastle

Auld Lammas Fair

Ballycastle's Auld Lammas Fair dates back to 1606. Thousands of people descend on the town for the market stalls and fairground rides, and to sample 'yellowman' (a hard chewy toffee-like honeycomb) and dulse (dried …
Monument in Ballycastle

Marconi Memorial

In the harbour car park, a plaque at the foot of a rock pinnacle commemorates the day in 1898 when Guglielmo Marconi's assistants contacted Rathlin Island by radio from Ballycastle to prove to Lloyds of London that …
Irish in Ballycastle

Cellar Restaurant

Down a flight of steps from the street, this cosy little basement restaurant with intimate wooden booths and a big slate fireplace is a good place to sample Ulster produce like locally caught crab claws, north coast…