Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 8th May 2021

Northern Ireland Castle Reopens To Seaside Guests

Northern Ireland’s only 17th century castle still used as a residence, reopens to guests on May 24th, promising a unique stay for those with an eye for history!
Ballygally Castle is situated on the Antrim Coast Road overlooking the sea and the soft, sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay.

It boasts 54 rooms and is one of the largest hotels along this stunning coastline.

Seaside Destination
The untouched Causeway Coast route is a must-visit location in Northern Ireland. With Ballygally as the perfect shelter and positioned at the start of the scenic Antrim Coast, near the foot of the famous nine Glens of Antrim; radiate from the Antrim plateau down to the coast between Larne and Ballycastle, and Gobbins Path; a marine cliff walks initially built in the early 20th Century.

The Causeway Coastal Route itself is as scenic, picturesque and inspiring as they come. Its breath-taking cliff walk offers unparalleled views across the Irish Sea to Scotland and over the Atlantic Ocean to Donegal, offering beautiful sandy beaches throughout the coastline.

Off the Beaten Track
Located only 26 miles from Belfast and with ferries running from Liverpool and Port of Larne, Scotland, Ballygally and the Antrim coast is an easily accessible destination. Steeped in history and one of the finest examples of a Norman castle in Ireland, Carrickfergus Castle is a must-visit attraction. Similarly, Giant's Causeway is arguably Northern Ireland's most famous attraction, with breath-taking landscapes filled with astonishing cliff formations making it a renowned area of outstanding natural beauty.

Ballygally Castle provides access to a variety of activities, ideally designed for the active traveller. These include Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Sheans Horse Farm adventures, outdoor laser tag, archery, and zip-lining – all of which can be arranged through the hotel concierge.

In recent years, tourists have flocked to Ballygally Castle for its proximity to the famous Game of Thrones filming locations, which can be seen on the hotel's curated tour and enjoyed alongside an inspired afternoon tea package.

Family Friendly Accommodation

Beautifully combining the new contemporary décor with the castle's traditional historical character, Ballygally is a haven for the whole family. Offering six large family rooms, there is enough room for everyone - including the hotel's very own friendly ghost: Lady Isabelle Shaw. Those who dare can tiptoe up the winding staircase to the spine-tingling ghost room to catch a glimpse of Lady Isabella, who has been a resident at the hotel for over 400 years.

Perched on the tip of the famous Causeway Coastal Route, this stunning 17th-century castle has a range of delightful dining options and is home to one of the Game of Thrones® doors made from fallen trees of the iconic Dark Hedges.

Room only £50pps or with Full Irish Breakfast from £60pps. * For further information or to book a staycation with Hastings Hotels, go to or call 028 9047 1066.