Ballintoy, Northern Ireland
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The picturesque village of Ballintoy is a must see in Northern Ireland's County Antrim. Not only does this hamlet boast a charming harbor and stunning panorama, it's great place to bike and walk and is conveniently located to area attractions. See sheep-speckled pastures. Look across the blue to Rathlin Island and even the Scottish Isles. Hike all or part of the Causeway Coast Way. Cycle as many miles as you like. Build sandcastles on the broad sand beach known as WhitePark Bay. Test your nerve at the swinging rope bridge called Carrick-a-Rede. Visit Giants Causeway, a spectacular natural phenomenon and World Heritage Site.
Getting There
Ballintoy is located in Northern Ireland's Country Antrim and is situated 17 miles (28 km) northeast of Coleraine and 5 miles (8 km) west of Ballycastle. The nearest airport is in Belfast, 59 miles (95 km) to the south. UlsterBus and the seasonal Antrim Coaster Bus Service connect Ballintoy with several North Coast sights and destinations including Portrush, Bushmills and Giants Causeway. The bus and rail service between Ballintoy and Belfast requires at least one change.
Getting Around
Ballintoy is on the Causeway Coast Way, one of Northern Ireland's most notable walking trails, and Route 93 of the National Cycle Network. The Causeway Coast Way, a 33-mile waymarked hiking trail, has endpoints in Portstewart and Ballycastle. Route 93 of the National Cycle Network encompasses the Causeway Coast Cycle Route and is signed from Ballycastle to Derry. The Ordnance Survey grid reference is D062450.
When to Travel
The climate of Northern Ireland is temperate marine and the one certainty about the weather is variability. The average annual temperature range is 16° C or 28° F. It rains, on average, more than 200 days a year. It's possible to experience a multitude of seasons in single day. The warmest months are June through August with an average high temperature of 18° C or 64 ° F. The coldest months are January and February with an average low of 2° C or 36° F. The driest months are April and May, the wettest December and January. Pack for all seasons in summer and plan to dress in layers whether traveling in June or January.
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Things to Keep in Mind
An overnight in Ballintoy is ideal for family travelers that put a premium on small town experiences. White Park Bay is reachable from Ballintoy via the beach on a low spring tide.

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