Things to do in Ballycastle

Our most recommended things to do in Ballycastle

From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

1. From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

Discover the beauty of the Antrim coast and the world-famous Giant’s Causeway on a guided day tour. You will first visit Carrickfergus Castle before traveling on towards the old Antrim coastal route where you will wind through the small towns and villages, hearing the stories behind each one. Heading further along the coast before traveling through the nine Glens of Antrim, hearing the myths and legends of the fairies and leprechauns that reside in these Glens. Then, travel through the coastal town of Ballycastle before arriving at the Portaneevy View Point to see Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge from a distance. Stop to admire the views at White Park Bay and hear the stories behind the beautiful sights. Visit a number of the HBO TV series Game of Thrones locations; travel by Carnlough Harbour where Arya Stark swam, pass by Magharmorne Quarry where Castle Black is located, and finish at The Dark Hedges which was Kings Road. The final stop of the day is at the Giant’s Causeway where you can explore the historic stones and learn about the legend of the Giant Finn MacCool, and how and why he built the Causeway. After all your exploring is done you will travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route.

Belfast: Giant's Causeway and 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

2. Belfast: Giant's Causeway and 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Travel the celebrated coastal road from Belfast to Giant's Causeway, one of the world's best drives. Pay a visit to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and learn about the myths and legends of the area on this full-day tour. Discover the city of Belfast itself on a hop-on hop-off bus tour for the next two days. Meet your guide on the first day, and set off on a coastal adventure. Visit the 12th-century Norman castle in Carrickfergus, admire Irish fishing villages, and stop for lunch in Ballycastle. Then, head to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and brave a crossing, if you like. Finally, journey to the otherworldly Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. Hear stories of feuding giants from your expert guide as you marvel at the beautiful basalt columns. Explore Belfast on your second and third days with a sightseeing bus tour. Choose from over 19 locations to hop on and hop off at, more than any other city tour, and delve into their history with your passionate guides. Take advantage of discounted access into leading attractions, such as the Titanic Museum, Crumlin Road Jail, and HMS Caroline. Buses pass every 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic, for you to hop back on your sightseeing tour. This Giant's Causeway and Belfast combination tour is exclusive to GetYourGuide customers.

Belfast: Game of Thrones Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway

3. Belfast: Game of Thrones Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway

Depart from Jurys Inn hotel taking the Causeway Coastal Route, passing Carrickfergus Castle and Magheramorne Quarry, the location of Castle Black and the Wall. Stop for coffee and restrooms in Carnlough. This is the harbour where Arya escapes a Braavos canal after she was stabbed by the Waif. Stop to take photos at the Cushendun Caves in the Stormlands where Melisandre gave birth to a dark spirit. Cross Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, but don’t look down, it’s 30m (98 ft) to the rocks below. Please be advised that the walk from the coach park to the Rope Bridge itself is almost 1 km, so expect to walk for 20 minutes to the Rope Bridge, cross the bridge and back again, then walk 1 km back to the coach park along spectacular sea cliffs. Visit Renly’s Camp and Iron Islands Kingsmoot, the location of the Iron Islands Kingsmoot in season 6 when Euron claimed the Salt Throne from Yara. Stop for lunch at a charming guesthouse, restaurant and pub in Ballintoy on the north coast (not included). Afterwards, head to Ballintoy Harbor, the location where Theon came ashore on Pyke Island, where Theon later rededicated his faith to the ‘Drowned God’, where Ser Davos seeks the help of Salladhor Saan for the Battle of Blackwater Bay, and where Gendry escapes Dragonstone in a rowing boat. This is where your guide opens the trunk of the coach and takes out the Reever and Yara costumes, swords, axes, and Greyjoy banners. Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway: a UNESCO World Heritage site and geological marvel of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed in the Paleogene Period, 50-60 million years ago (please note there is up to 2 kilometers of walking at this location). On the way back, make a photo stop at the Dark Hedges, the haunting avenue of serpentine beech trees through which Arya and Gendry escaped King’s Landing.

From Belfast: Hop-on Hop-off Northern Ireland Bus Tour

4. From Belfast: Hop-on Hop-off Northern Ireland Bus Tour

Discover the best of Northern Ireland by a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Explore some of the most famous towns and attractions within the region, with stops at the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy, Carrickfergus, and many other points of interest. Choose from several departure times from Belfast and stop where you want on the route. Spend as much time as you like exploring and discovering the sights and attractions. After departing Belfast, the bus makes its way to northern Antrim and eventually up the Causeway route with several stops along the way. Jump off where you want, explore, and when you're ready, take the next available bus to the next stop. In addition to the Giant's Causeway, some of the stops included on the route are: The Dark Hedges Stroll along the atmospheric avenue of beech trees leading to Gracehill House. Located outside the village of Armoy. Game of Thrones fans will know this location as the Kingsroad. Bushmills Town Hop off at the charming town of Bushmills and pay a visit to the Old Bushmills Distillery. Take an optional tour, and learn about one of the most popular international Irish whiskey brands. Ballintoy Village Stroll through the village and see The Fullerton Arms Hotel where door No.6 from the Game of Thrones series is on display. Walk to Ballintoy Harbour which was the setting for Pyke and the Iron Islands in the series. Be sure to walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to the lookout point.  Ballycastle Discover this charming seaside town. Explore the ruins of Dun-a-Mallaght, Dunraineya, and the ruined Dunaneeny Castle. You can also take the ferry to Rathlin Island. Cushendun Visit Mary McBride’s pub is which is the home of Door No.8 from Game of Thrones. Explore the Cushendun Caves where parts of the series were also filmed. Stop at the Ruins of Carra Castle or visit Glenmona House and forest grounds. Carrickfergus Town and Carrickfergus Castle Explore one of the oldest towns on the island of Ireland. Visit numerous historic landmarks such as the eponymous Carrickfergus Castle, the oldest Norman castle in Ireland. Visit the Andrew Jackson Cottage, where the parents of the 7th President of the United States were born. Make a stop at the Carrickfergus Museum and learn about the long and distinguished history of the town and surrounding area. After exploring these and other fascinating landmarks, hop back on the bus for a relaxing journey back to central Belfast. If you have still a lot to do on your itinerary, use a multi-day pass to start the journey again the following day and pick up where you left off.

From Belfast: Private Giant's Causeway County Antrim Tour

5. From Belfast: Private Giant's Causeway County Antrim Tour

Launching our new VIP Luxury Private Tour for this Summer Season. We value our guest experience, putting you at the heart of everything we do, and this summer we aim to go that extra furlong for your comfort and style. Offering esteemed guests the new Luxury VIP Private Tour to The Giant’s Causeway. Exclusively bringing you a combination tour that encompasses the essence of quality and comfort to your most desired locations. Luxury Giant’s Causeway Tour brings you the ultimate experience, on this full-day tour Experience a jam-packed day filled with Northern Ireland's top attractions, including the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Old Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce castles. This tour lasts from the time you wish to start until you are finished - no rush it's Ireland! Cruise ship visitors are time-sensitive and must be returned on time, so we are flexible with our timings to suit you, so you can spend as long as you want at any venue. Your tour will begin from your pickup location, where you will meet your driver/guide for the day. There we will begin our journey to the north coast traveling through the rolling farmland of County Antrim. Antrim Coast Road: The Antrim Coast Road is widely agreed to be one of the finest stretches of road anywhere in the world. The road hugs the coastline giving incredible seaside views, passing unspoiled beaches, and sheltering under rugged cliffs. You may even see Scotland on a good day! Carnlough Village: Our first stop of the day takes us into the amazing picturesque fishing village of Carnlough for a quick comfort break. Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge: Next stop we visit one of the most visited places in Northern Ireland amazing Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge where you can, of course, cross the bridge which spans a chasm over 75ft in height. The lovely coastal path provides a spectacular walk with stunning sea and cliff views. Next stop Giants Causeway, Commonly called ‘the 8th wonder of the world’, is the only World Heritage site in Ireland. During our stop here you can spend time climbing over the ancient stones, snapping photos, and reflecting on the myths and legends of this very unique area. Lunch Stop: we can stop for lunch in a nice Irish pub to sample our good food and maybe a cheeky pint of Guinness. Or you can sample some locally caught fish in one of the best fish and chips shops and of course not forgetting the mushy peas. Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery: Our next stop of the day is at Bushmills Whiskey Distillery which has been creating beautiful ‘water of life ‘since 1608 making this the oldest working distillery in Ireland. Dunluce Castle: We continue a wonderful day with a photo stop at Dunluce Castle. We arrive at one of the most dramatic castle ruins in the world. Prepare to be amazed at the way this old castle hangs over the edge of the cliffs. The Dark Hedges: last stop is one of the most popular natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, the Dark Hedges.

From Belfast: Private Giants Causeway Coastal Tour

6. From Belfast: Private Giants Causeway Coastal Tour

Design your ideal day trip when you travel to the spectacular Giants Causeway with a private driver. Stop where you like, for as long as you wish, making this private day tour a truly personalized experience. Traveling from Belfast along the scenic coastal route, the first big attraction is Carrickfergus Castle. The Norman castle from the 17th century is the best-preserved medieval structure in Ireland. Continuing along the beautiful scenic coastal road through seaside towns, there are plenty of places to stop for photos along the way. Drive past small seaside villages including Whitehead and Ballygalley before stopping at Glenarm Castle for a photo at the barbican. Grab refreshments at Carnlough Harbour before continuing your journey to see Carrick-A-Reed rope bridge. Lunch is at the Causeway Hotel, with Bushmills Distillery located nearby. Can you resist a visit to the distillery for a wee taste of their famous whiskey? No trip up north would be complete without a visit to the Dark Hedges tree tunnel, made famous by the "Game of Thrones" tv series. Even those who are not fans of the show will appreciate the beauty of this unique road with its overhanging trees. The big highlight of your trip is the UNESCO-listed Giants Causeway. Legend says the unique rock formation is the remains of a bridge used by giants which connected Ireland and Scotland. If there are other sights and attractions you want to visit, your guide is happy to oblige. You can change the itinerary for your day trip to suit your group's interests.

From Belfast: Giants Causeway and Coastal Private Tours

7. From Belfast: Giants Causeway and Coastal Private Tours

On my Giants causeway tour, we will drive along the Antrim coastal road stopping of at carnlough for a refreshment stop and take a walk around the small harbour where a scene from the game of throne was filmed. On our way to the Causeway wee well stop at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.Then on to the Causeway after the Causeway we will go to Bushmills distillery then Dunluce Castle or some of the filming locations for the game of thrones if you prefer. The tour last Roughly eight hours so the day is yours to choose what you want to do.

Game of Thrones: Private Filming Locations Day Tour

8. Game of Thrones: Private Filming Locations Day Tour

Meet Flip — your multi-award winning guide on the ultimate Game Of Thrones® locations tour. A man whose encyclopedic knowledge of the show owes a lot to one crucial fact: he was actually in it. Flip appeared in the series as a stand-in body double for House Stark’s much loved gentle giant Hodor. He was also a double for House Lannister’s feared enforcer, the towering Ser Gregor Clegane. You can see Flip in three iconic episodes in Season 6, ‘The Winds Of Winter’, ‘Oathbreaker’ and ‘The Door’ - in which the origins of Hodor’s name are revealed to amazing effect. Make no mistake then - this is a man who knows what he’s talking about. The locations are a thrill to experience in their own right. But if you’re a seasoned Thronie, each one is alive with drama and excitement: the site of a daring escape; the castle where heroes took refuge, the cave where darkness was born…A lot of them are off-the-beaten track. But with his insider knowledge, Flip knows exactly where they are. He’ll make sure you can get up close and personal with every one. Between locations you’ll be travelling in Flip’s van. (Worthy of a film star, Flip’s van is an air-conditioned long wheel-base VW Transporter Shuttle.) It’s a good time to hear his behind-the-scenes stories of life on set and in the studio during the making of Game of Thrones®. He’s a mine of information on the logistics of creating the biggest TV show worldwide right here in Northern Ireland. Flip is a local man - another key ingredient in his expertise. In fact many of the filming locations are in his own backyard. As he talks to you, you’ll find his great love of the area is contagious. He’ll also be delighted to pass on his knowledge of the geological processes that created the beautiful coastal landscape. So even if you don’t know your Dragonstone from your Dothraki, there’s plenty to discover in Flip’s company.

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What people are saying about Ballycastle

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,106 reviews

The Giant’s Causeway trip was amazing! As a solo traveller for the first time I was a bit nervous, but the trip was very well-structured, with enough time to do everything I wanted to, and I got to have an amazing experience with very little planning/effort on my part. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to explore more of Northern Ireland beyond just Belfast, because the views of the Antrim coastline were remarkable, as were the Dark Hedges. All in all, just very good craic, and very good value for money.

Excursão obrigatória para quem vai a Belfast. Excelente guia, muito simpático e com sentido de humor. Recomendo a 100%

What a great day and our tour guide Lindsay ( don’t know if I spent it right ) was amazing and so much fun

Lovely experience. The driver/guide was amazing. Highly recommend

Lindsay was an astounding care taker, guide and driver