Ballycastle is located between two distinct areas of North Antrim, the Causeway Coast and the Glens of Antrim the town is in the outflow of two glens, Glenshesk and Glentaisie which flank Knocklayd mountain.
A ferry service runs from the harbour to Rathin Island on a frequent and weather permitting schedule throughout the year. There is also a marina here and a deep water pier which can berth larger vessels or passing yachts. The pier was built to accommodate a car ferry service to Campbelltown on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. The classic shape of Fair Head or Benmore provides the backdrop to the seafront and excellent beach.
The town is also the start and finish of the Knocklayd Scenic Drive which loops off the main Causeway Coastal Route and will take you through Glentaisie to Armoy, the Round Tower and back through Glenshesk, two of the nine Glens of Antrim.
Ballycastle has some great walks both beach and forest, it is also has a very interesting history which is told through interpretation panels and a town heritage trail. During the summer months it becomes the local seaside town, the beach is never crowded in the real sense of the word.