Ballycastle Tours

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Ballycastle
Situated at the east end of the Causeway Coast and to the north of the Glens of Antrim, Ballycastle offers easy access to outdoor delights. The seaside town is filled with old-fashioned pubs and shops, while a family-friendly beach and promenade runs along the shore. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Scotland from here. 

The Basics
Ballycastle is on the Causeway Coastal Route and is often visited as part of Northern Ireland day tours and multi-day tours departing from Belfast and Dublin. These tours typically include stops at other nearby sights, such as the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and Bushmills. Because of its proximity to Fair Head, Ballintoy, and other filming locations, Ballycastle is also a common stop-off on Game of Thrones tours.

Things to Know Before you Go
  • Ballycastle is a must for scenery seekers, outdoors lovers, and Game of Thrones fans. 
  • Find plenty of cafés, pubs, and fish and chip shops in the village.
  • For extra information on Ballycastle, stop by the Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre near the marina.
  • Free maps and Wi-Fi are available at the visitor center. 

How to Get There
Ballycastle is in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. From Belfast, drive along the M2 and A44. The journey will take about 70 minutes. Alternatively, follow the longer but more scenic Causeway Coastal Route along the Antrim Coast. Car-less travelers are best going as part of organized tours.

When to Get There 
The best time to visit Ballycastle is in summer. During this time, the weather is better suited to outdoor activities, and you’ll find most operators and tourist-oriented businesses open. If you want to experience Ballycastle at its quietest, come in winter when only the resident population remains in place. 

Rathlin Island
Ballycastle is the departure point for ferries to Rathlin Island, which sits just 6 miles (9.5 kilometers) offshore. Explore the Boathouse Visitor Centre to find out about life on the island and go trekking along the island’s trails. Hikers often encounter wildlife, such as resident seals and puffins, which are most commonly seen between April and July. 


Address: Ballycastle, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland
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Private Tour: 'Game of Thrones' and Giant’s Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast

Explore the captivating locations used to film epic TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ on a private full-day tour of the Giant’s Causeway from Belfast. With a knowledgeable guide, visit the predominate setting of the compelling fantasy drama and see iconic sites in which key scenes were filmed. Hear insider gossip about popular characters while gaining insight into the rich Irish culture still preserved in places like Ballytown, Carrick-a-Rede and Ballintoy Harbour. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour.
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Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast

See the magical location where the hit fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’ is filmed on a full-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway from Belfast. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, visit key filming locations while listening to inside gossip about popular characters. Ride through the atmospheric, tree-shrouded Dark Hedges Road and marvel at the mystifying rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway.
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Northern Highlights Guided Tour - The Best of Northern Ireland from Belfast

A convenient option for time-tight travelers who want to see as much of Northern Ireland as possible in a single day, this tour encompasses the country’s highlights as well as some lesser-known sights. Explore Belfast city with a guide and travel along the Antrim Coast, stopping at the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and the waterfalls of Glenariff Nature Reserve without the hassle of navigation.
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2-Day 'Game of Thrones' Tour from Dublin Including Belfast Sightseeing and Giant's Causeway

Marvel at iconic locations used to film Game of Thrones on a 2-day tour of Belfast and Giant’s Causeway from Dublin. After a scenic train ride along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast, explore Belfast independently with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. With a guide, visit locations used to film the award-winning TV drama Game of Thrones, and gasp at mythical sites, such as the Cushenden Caves, the Dark Hedges, and the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway. Overnight accommodation, breakfast, and round-trip train transport from Dublin is included.  
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2 Hour guided kayaking Tour

This is a 2 hour Guided kayaking Tour. The tours leave from the beautiful little town of Ballycastle which is part of the Wild Atlantic Way.The tour leaving from Ballycastle will take you to Kinbane Castle. We also depart from Ballintoy harbour for any Game of Thrones fans out there.This tour will take you to Carrick-a-Reed Rope Bridge where you can see the famous bridge from a totally different perspective. All equipment is supplied on the day, all you have to do is turn up and enjoy the paddle. Suitable for beginners. The 2 hour tour is suitable for beginners and is not suitable for younger children.
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2-Day Northern Ireland Tour from Dublin by Train: Belfast, Antrim Coast Road and Giant's Causeway

Immerse yourself in the coastal majesty of Northern Ireland on a 2-day small-group trip to Belfast from Dublin by train. With your guide, you’ll travel along Ireland’s rugged coastline to Belfast – Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital city - where you’ll enjoy free time to explore independently. Discover the world-famous Antrim Coastal Road by coach; summon your courage to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge; explore the picturesque island of Carrickarede; and marvel at the mystical majesty of the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway. Overnight accommodation, select meals and return rail tickets from Dublin are included.  
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Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin

Absorb the spectacular scenery of Northern Ireland's magical landscapes on a full-day rail tour from Dublin. Enjoy the romance of travelling by train as you marvel at panoramic vistas of the Northern Irish countryside and relish a light breakfast onboard. On arrival in Belfast, ride a comfortable coach to the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, famed for its mystifying basalt columns, and capture photographs outside Dunluce Castle. Summon your courage to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge before returning to your Dublin hotel by coach and train.
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