Photo: Liz King

Ballycastle (Baile an Chaisil - meaning Town of the Castle) is a village on the North West coast of Ireland in County Mayo, located approximately 26km from Ballina. Located five miles west of the village is the Céide Fields - one of the oldest Neolithic remains in Europe. The road here runs close to the magnificent cliffs of Céide which are 365 ft high.

The Sea Stack known as 'Dún Briste' can be seen at Downpatrick Head approx. 3 miles north of the village - and our half marathon will take you right onto the headland to overlook this breath-taking feature.. You’ll also pass by the blowhole known as 'Poll na Sean tine' (Hole of the Old Fire) which has a subterranean channel to the sea and is one of many such blowholes located along the North Mayo coast.

Meeting Points

Meeting point and number collection: Ballycastle Community Hall, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Eircode: F26 W180

Race Start Line: Céide Fields Visitor Centre, Glenurla, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Eircode: F26 PF66

Getting to Ballycastle:

By Plane:  to Ireland West Airport (80km) Shannon Airport (220km), or Dublin Airport (265km)

By Ferry:  to Rosslare, Dublin, Cork or Larne.

By Road:  R314 from Ballina. Co. Mayo

There are also sporadic public transport options from Ballina.