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Tourist Information


As this is the year of 'The Gathering', Ballycastle are organising a Festival to run from 1st - 10th August.

Lots of events are planned e.g. 'Céide Rose' competition, Belderrig Bronzeman, Flotilla of boats from Ballycastle Pier to Belderrig Pier, Turf Cutting competition, Go-cart racing, Nostalgia night, BBQ and lots more.  Programme of events can be seen in Local News or on Facebook - Ballycastle/Belderrig Gathering.

Art Exhibition '10

Art Exhibition '09

Summary of Feasibility Study on 'The Shambles' site, Main Street, Ballycastle

Ballycastle meaning 'Town of the Castle' is a village on the scenic west coast of Ireland. With so much to offer, it is worth taking a visit.

At Downpatrick Head, you see the spectacular sea-stack 'Dún Briste' which was separated from the mainland in 1893 and a puffing hole 'Poll na Seantainne' with subterranean channel to the sea. There is also a viewing stand here to view the many species of birds on Dún Briste.

The 'Céide Fields' are 8 km west on the Ballycastle to Belderrig road. Here you have stone age farm settlements, preserved beneath the wild blanket bog, with old landscape of stonewalled dwellings and megalithic tombs. There is an Interpretive Centre on the site, which explains the archaeology, botany and geology of the site. It also offers guided tours and a short film on the area.

Across the road from the Céide Fields entrance, there is a viewing platform where you can enjoy the fantastic view of the 365ft high cliffs, the Staggs of Broadhaven to the west and the sea-stack 'Dún Briste' to the east of here.

There are also standing stones, ring forts, stone circles and 30 court tombs. The Standing Stone in Doonfeeney cemetery is the second largest in Ireland.

Activities include walking, fishing, diving, wind-surfing, horse-riding and swimming. It is also on the 'Tír Sáile' Sculpture Trail and the Western Way Walking route.

Ballinglen Arts Foundation hosts an Art Exhibition by international artists during July/August in the Foundation Gallery and Ballycastle Art Group hold an Exhibition by local artists in the Resource Centre.

The Tourist Office situated in the Resource Centre, upper Main Street will give you information on the area and also offers fax, laminating, photocopying and typing services.


Useful Local Telephone Numbers

Service Location Phone No.
Ambulance Service: Ballina Hospital 096 - 21166
Céide Fields Centre: Behy 096 - 43325/43261

Bus Service:


           Minibus Service


Bus Eireann Ballina



096 - 71800

086 - 8477845

Dr. Declan Clinton Health Centre, Ballycastle 096 - 43339
Dr. Joseph Gilvarry The Pier, Killala 096 - 32003
E.S.B.: Supply Failure/Emergencies: Ballina 096 - 71274
Fire Brigade:



096 - 31192

096 - 22444/22807

Garda: Ballina Station 096 - 21422
Killala Coast Guard The Pier, Killala. 096 - 32714.
Public Health Nurse: Clinic, Ballycastle 096 - 43132
Priest: Fr. Michael Harrison 096 - 43010
  Fr. Brian Conlon (Lacken) 096 - 34014
  Fr. Paddy Hoban (Killala) 096 - 32176
Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages Newantrim Street, Castlebar 094 - 9023249
Resource Centre Main Street, Ballycastle 096 - 43407

Tourist Office/Craft Shop/Art Gallery

Resource Centre, Main Street 096 - 43407