BALLYCASTLE County Antrim

Breath­tak­ing land­scapes, the warm­est of wel­comes, steeped in his­tory and folk­lore and all un­der 2 hours away!

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Kin­tyre Ex­press is a summer sched­uled pas­sen­ger ferry ser­vice be­tween the scenic town and vil­lage of Camp­bel­town and Ballycastle to the Isle of Is­lay. The is­land is famed for its nu­mer­ous whisky dis­til­leries and is an ex­cel­lent is­land to dis­cover by bike.

Es­tab­lished in 2011, Kin­tyre Ex­press is part of West Coast Mo­tors, a Camp­bel­town based trans­port group which owns and op­er­ates a network of bus, coach and open top tours through­out Scot­land and the north of Eng­land.

Fea­tur­ing cen­tral heat­ing, fully en­closed cab­ins with com­fort­able seat­ing, Kin­tyre Ex­press caters for up to a max­i­mum of 12 peo­ple.

The sched­uled pas­sen­ger ferry ser­vice op­er­ates daily un­til Mon­day 04 Septem­ber then ev­ery week­end till the end of Septem­ber 2017. Summer sea­son be­gins April 2018.

The cus­tom-built ves­sel is avail­able for pri­vate char­ter, and in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar with bik­ers and golfers is­land hop­ping their way around some of the West Coast's coastal tracks and top cour­ses. There is much room on board for lug­gage, cy­cle bikes and golf clubs.

Jour­ney time be­tween Camp­bel­town and Ballycastle is one hour and 30 min­utes and ap­prox­i­mately one hour from Ballycastle to Port Ellen. Cy­cle bikes are car­ried for free on all jour­neys.

For those look­ing to en­joy a taste of Is­lay a day tour is avail­able. De­part­ing Ballycastle at 9.30am, vis­i­tors have the op­por­tu­nity to spend four hours in Is­lay with a tour, tast­ing and lunch at Ard­beg Dis­tillery.

We boarded the Kin­tyre Ex­press, a slick craft al­most like the in­te­rior of an air­craft.

Be­fore we knew it we were speed­ing along the wa­ter. Be­fore long we were in Ballycastle. It was quick, easy and with the min­i­mum of fuss. This is with­out doubt and quite lit­er­ally the only way to travel to Ballycastle! Candy coloured shops, houses, res­tau­rants, pubs, gal­leries and houses stack up along the streets. It's amaz­ing to think that we are so close yet so far!

Ballycastle is a small town in County Antrim, North­ern Ire­land. The town is lo­cated on the north-east­ern­most coastal tip of the is­land of Ire­land at the north­ern main­land limit of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty. Rath­lin Is­land and The Mull of Kin­tyre can be seen from the coast­line.

The Ballycastle Tourist Visi­tor Cen­tre Tel: 028 2076 2024 is con­ve­niently lo­cated on the har­bour. From here you can get all the in­for­ma­tion you need in plan­ning for a fan­tas­tic trip. There is so many things to do. Water­top Farm, Ballycastle Beach, Rath­lin Is­land, The Gi­ant's Cause­way, Bush­mills, Golf­ing and nu­mer­ous places to eat and sam­ple a fine pint of Guin­ness and some Ir­ish hos­pi­tal­ity! This area is of course one of the film­ing lo­ca­tions for "Game of Thrones".

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