While Ballycastle doesn’t feature in the Game of Thrones TV series, it does play an important role. This small seaside town is the home of actors Conleth Hill (Lord Varys) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark).

This is a quintessential coastal town, where you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, and fill your lungs with salty, Irish Sea air. It is the perfect place to indulge in a refreshing coastal walk, some fresh seafood, and maybe even a quiet beer or two!

Looking out on a clear day, you can make out Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre far off in the distance. A regular ferry service also makes trips to and from nearby Rathlin Island, a wildlife sanctuary. It makes for a fun day-trip. And it gives you the opportunity to spot some of the colourfully-beaked puffins that the island is known for.

Other attractions in the area include Ballycastle Beach, the 16th century Kilbane Castle, and Glentaisie, the most northerly of the Nine Glens of Antrim. For the avid Game of Thrones fans, there is nearby Ballintoy Harbour, the filming location for the island Pyke. Also not too far away is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant’s Causeway. A must-see for anyone visiting the area.

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