Ballycastle (Antrim)

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Ballycastle (Northern Ireland)
Location in Northern Ireland

Ballycastle ( Irish Baile an Chaisleáin ) is a town in historic County Antrim on the north-east coast of Northern Ireland . It was the administrative seat of the disbanded District Moyle , which was dissolved in 2015 in the District Causeway Coast and Glens .

Ballycastle is 89 km from Belfast and 43 km from Ballymena and has a population of 5089 (2001). The place lies at the mouth of the river Margy (English Margy River ) in the north channel . It has a small marina and an 18-hole golf course in a beautiful location by the sea.

Ballycastle is the starting point for excursions to the island of Rathlin (English Rathlin Island ) and the famous "nine valleys of Antrim" (English Glens of Antrim ).


Ballycastle is known for the Ould Lammas Fair , a festival that has been held annually on the last Monday and Tuesday in August for 400 years. Also known are the Yellow Man (a sweet dessert), which is sold at the Lammas Fair, and dried, salty seaweed , called dulse .


The Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi demonstrated his new communication technology between Ballycastle and Rathlin in 1898 .

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Coordinates: 55 ° 12 ′  N , 6 ° 15 ′  W