Moyle District, with
its administrative headquarters in the seaside town
of Ballycastle, lies in the North-East corner of Northern
Ireland. It includes 42 miles of the breathtakingly
beautiful North Antrim coastline, including the Giant’s
Causeway, and derives its name from “The Straits
of Moyle”, a local name for the North Channel,
the narrow stretch of sea between the Antrim coast
and Scotland. The district is unique in that it includes
Northern Ireland’s only inhabited offshore island
- Rathlin. The area’s best know international
export is the world famous Bushmills Whiskey.
Whilst the Moyle district is largely
rural in character (covering 190 square miles and
with a resident population of 15,933), it is within
a 25-mile radius of some of Northern Ireland’s
principal towns - Ballymena, Coleraine and Larne.
This gives the district a further travel to work catchment
population of over 150,000.