Marine Hotel is the perfect base for your Autumn staycation. Located in the quaint seaside town of Ballycastle, the hotel overlooks the harbour, Rathlin Island, Fairhead and in the distance Scotland. A wide sandy beach between the marina on the west and the pans rocks on the east. Wrap up warm for a night of star gazing from the sand dunes
Ballycastle is nestled at the heart of the Causeway Coast & Glens of Antrim. Areas of outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep . The glens encompasses grasslands, forests, churches, castles & ruins. Pack the camera, your walking shoes and get off the beaten track.
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A spectacular walkway on the county antrim cliff edge, The Gobbins is a thrilling coastline walk.
“It completely engulfs you: from the all-enveloping Irish Sea winds and the dolphins dancing off the coastline, to the squawking native sea birds and the salty air as it hits your lips”
Castles, Ruins & Temples
Tucked away on the the cliffs edge or hidden amongst the trees, the Causeway Coast and Glens is home to some historic landmarks.
A medieval ruined castle perched right on the cliff edge.
Built by the MacDonnell clan in the 1550s under the leadership of Sorley Boy MacDonnell. It is reported the castles kitchens fell into the sea on one stormy night in 1639.
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One of the few country estates remaining in Northern Ireland, this stately home
is privately owned but remains open to the public. Tour the walled Gardens or explorethe castle trail. Historic and majestic. The Castle has had many appearances on TV & Film including Five Minutes of Heaven starring Liam Neeson and ITVs The Southbank Show
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Founded in the late 15th century, the Franciscan monastery Bonamargy Friary is located near the coastal town of Ballycastle. Within the extensive enclosure with two-storey entrance house lies the ruin of the church as well as several graves. One of these graves, a weathered round cross, is attributed to the “Black Nun”. Her last wish is said to have been to be buried here, so that all churchgoers would have to go over her grave. All kinds of legends entwine around the nun, ranging from prophecies to plagues.
Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. It perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland, offering spectacular views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal and to the east Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head.
The temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol (or the Earl Bishop). The temple was built as a summer library and its architecture was inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, near Rome. It is dedicated to the memory of Hervey’s cousin Frideswide Mussenden.