One of UK’s Best Seaside Hotels, Northern Ireland
23rd April 2020…// The beautifully historic Ballygally Castle is delighted to be reopening to guests on 24th May 2021. Situated on the Antrim Coast Road, Northern Ireland, the hotel overlooks the sea and the soft, sandy beaches at the head of Ballygally Bay. Arguably summer’s ultimate staycation destination, the castle, dates back to 1625 and is the only 17th-century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today. Offering spectacular panoramic views from the Antrim Suite and new Coastal Deluxe Rooms, Ballygally boasting 54 rooms in total and is one of the largest hotels along this stunning coastline.
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. Foodie families are encouraged to take a picnic into the Glen or enjoy one of the many afternoon tea options on offer alongside light bites in the lounge and a mouth-watering menu in the Garden Restaurant.
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.
Enjoy an overnight stay at Ballygally Castle on a room only basis for £50pps or with Full Irish Breakfast from only £60pps. * For further information or to book a staycation with Hastings Hotels, go to www.hastingshotels.com or call 028 9047 1066.
A family business founded over fifty years ago by Sir William Hastings; Hastings Hotels are Northern Ireland’s premier hotel group. The Hastings collection comprises seven luxurious Northern Ireland hotels of character and distinction, each set-in key locations across Belfast, Derry, Down and the Antrim Coast.
Hastings Hotels have four luxury accommodation properties in Belfast city, the idyllic Culloden Estate and Spa, the world-famous Europa Hotel in the heart of the city, the Stormont Hotel in the east of the city and the newly opened 300-bedroom Grand Central Hotel, which is Northern Ireland’s largest hotel. Each hotel is no more than 10 minutes from Belfast City airport and located on main public transport routes.
In addition to the four Belfast properties, the Hastings collection is made up of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, located in Newcastle County Down overlooking the beautiful Mountains of Mourne. The Everglades Hotel, located in Derry – Londonderry, and Ballygally Castle, a 17th Century Castle situated on the Antrim Coastal Route overlooking Ballygally Bay.