Ballycastle Journals

Three Days on the North Antrim Coast

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An April 2011 trip to Ballycastle by fizzytom

Sheep Island View Hostel and Conference Center Photo, Ballintoy, County Antrim More Photos
Quote: Some writing on a short trip to Northern Ireland's North Antrim Coast

The Fullerton Arms

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Hotel | "Feeling Full at the Fullerton Arms"

The Fullerton Arms Photo, Ballintoy, County Antrim
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The Fullerton Arms is the second of two village pubs in Ballintoy and we ate there on the second night of our stay. The previous evening we’d eaten across the road at the Carrick-a-rede Inn where we’d been disappointed by the rather ordinary food. We hoped that the Fullerton Arms would be an improvement. The Fullerton Arms is right in the middle of the village, on the right as you head towards Ballycastle from the direction of the Giant’s Causeway. It's one of those traditional white-painted village pubs what you associate with Ireland and it looks very inviting.from the outside.There’s parking adjacent to the pub. This is a bed & breakfast as well as a restaurant and there are freque...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2012

The Fullerton Arms
22 Main Street
Ballintoy, Co. Antrim
028 2076 9613

Carrick-a-Rede Hotel Pub

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Restaurant | "Basic Pub Grub at the Carrick-a-rede Hotel"

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The little village of Ballintoy has two pubs, an ideal arrangement as we were staying there for two nights. We made the Carrick-a-rede Hotel our first port of call; it’s named after the famous rope bridge which is situated about half a mile away. The pub is a large establishment which occasionally plays host to musical perfomances. There’s a comfortable lounge where the regulars drink and where meals can be eaten, and a large restaurant where we ate. It was a Saturday evening and while the bar was very busy only a few tables were occupied in the restaurant. We chose a table at the rear of the restaurant on an elevated section where we’d hoped we might get a sea view but all we got was a v...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 21, 2011

Carrick-a-Rede Hotel Pub
21 Main Street
Ballintoy, County Antrim BT54 6LX
028 2076 2241

Giant's Causeway

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Attraction | "One Giant's Step for Mankind"

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One can only imagine the reaction of the Bishop of Derry on discovering in, 1692, what we now call the Giant's Causeway. It was some years later that it was identified that this strange landscape on Northern Ireland's (today, not then) Antrim Coast was the result of volcanic activity millions of years ago but at the time seeing these bizarre basalt columns rising from the sea must have been like finding oneself at the edge of a new world. Before long the Giant's Causeway was a tourist attraction; in the nineteenth century a tramway was built to bring in the many thousands of visitors who wanted to see this breathtaking and in some ways mind-boggling sight. The local area prospered with the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 28, 2011

Giant's Causeway
The Causeway Coast
County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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Attraction | "Shake, Rattle n Roll at Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge"

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Photo, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
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It might come as a surprise to some that I am a bit feeble when it comes to heights, particularly as I spend a good part of my holidays up mountains, in cable cars or admiring the view from teletowers and other high structures. When descending a metal staircase - the type where you can see below you - I feel extremely nauseous and I become sickeningly vertiginous when anywhere near a sheer drop. So, you might ask, why do I put myself through the terror when I could easily go and do something else? Quite simply I hate the idea of, as I see it, being beaten. I'm a highly competitive person and my biggest rival is myself. I know that having made the effort to go somewhere, there's no way I'll...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2011

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Ballintoy, County Antrim
County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Sheep Island View Hostel and Conference Center

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Hotel | "Accommodation with an Unforgettable Outlook"

Sheep Island View Hostel and Conference Center Photo, Ballintoy, County Antrim
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The North Antrim coast teems with accommodation for tourists, ranging from backpackers hostels to upmarket boutique hotels and everything in between. As usual we were looking to spend as little as possible, but we didn't want to be too remote. Sheep Island View Hostel in the village of Ballintoy seemed to fit the bill and it had excellent reviews. Some friends who had recently holidayed in Ballycastle told us they had seen this hostel when passing through Ballintoy on their way to Bushmills and told us that they had commented at the time on its fabulous location. The Sheep Island of the hostel's name is not much more than a large rock but beyond it there are great views of Rathlin Island and just beyo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 11, 2011

Sheep Island View Hostel and Conference Center
42a, Main Street
Ballintoy, Ballycastle BT54 6LX
028 207 69391

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