BALLYCASTLE County Antrim
Breathtaking landscapes, the warmest of welcomes, steeped in history and folklore and all under 2 hours away!
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".