Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
Ballycastle, a friendly market town on the beautiful north-eastern corner of Co Antrim, has a museum (028 207 62942) on Castle Street which will be of interest to visitors who are curious about the folk and social history of the Glens of Antrim (open daily Jul-Aug, otherwise by arrangement; free entry), and a growing number of restaurants and bars.
This attractive market town and seaside resort is a friendly spot to stop whilst touring the North Antrim coast and is well know for the Lammas Fair which is held over the August bank holiday weekend.
The town itself is two kilometres inland and is connected with the harbour by a wide tree planted Avenue.
Murlough Bay, a National Trust reserve (0044 028 43 751 467) is nearby and includes the ruins of an ancient church, with rare plants in abundance.
Carrick a rede rope bridge (0044 28 20 731 855) is also close by and is a must for any visitor to the area. There has been a roe bridge there for at least 200 years and visitors will enjoy the cliff top path with excellent views.
The Bonamargy Franciscan Friary is a local historical point of interest, which retains much of an impressive fine east window and a fine tomb; Friars used the church through much of the 17th Century.
Walking enthusiasts will enjoy the both the Ballycastle Forest and the Ballypatrick Forest which includes pony trekking trails and an archaeological site.
The Watertop Family activity centre (0044 28 20 762 576) is an enjoyable place to visit and offers pony trekking, farm tours, fishing, boating, nature walks and a farm museum.