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Ballygally Castle Hotel, Northern Ireland


Perched on the tip of the famous Causeway Coastal Route, sits Ballygally Castle, a stunning 17th Century Castle which overlooks the golden sands of Ballygally Bay and has uninterrupted views across the Irish Sea.

This beautiful Castle is perfectly located for top tourist attractions and has a wealth of recreational activities within easy reach making it the perfect base for exploring the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, Bushmills Distillery, Carrickfergus Castle, Royal Portrush Golf Course, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the popular Game of Thrones Tour. For those wishing to explore on foot will enjoy the beautiful walks to be found in Carnfunnock Country Park, which is within walking distance, or simply relax and enjoy a leisurely stroll on the beach opposite the hotel.


Larne, Northern Ireland

Ideal For

Couples, groups of friends, weddings and celebrations, gourmet getaways.



Ballygally Castle, affectionately dubbed “the jewel in the Hastings Crown”, was purchased by the Hastings Hotels Group in 1966 and over the years various extensions and renovations have transformed it to the charming hotel it is today. It received official four star status from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board in 2007 and in 2014 the hotel underwent a further major refurbishment and extension project, with the addition of ten new Coastal Deluxe bedrooms, a new larger Reception area and the stunning new Kintyre Ballroom. All developments at the Castle have been very carefully undertaken so as not to distract from the history of the original building, as the hotel’s distinctive character comes from the fact that it dates back to 1625. The Ballygally Castle is unique in that it is the only 17th Century building in Northern Ireland still being used as a residence today!

Rooms and Suites

The Castle has 54 tastefully decorated bedrooms, some have beautiful, original beamed ceilings, while others enjoy stunning views of the sea and mountains. From the beautiful Antrim Suite and new Coastal Deluxe Rooms with their spectacular panoramic views to the Garden wing and the original period rooms, uniquely shaped by the imposing architecture, the Castle is bursting with bedrooms full of character and charm.

Food and Drink

Ballygally Castle’s Garden Restaurant enjoys beautiful views over the grounds and serves a delicious traditional Irish Breakfast. The restaurant offers an excellent table d’hôte dinner menu, as well as a range of daily specials, where their chefs use only the best of local produce to provide a wide range of culinary delights. Guests can also enjoy a selection of lighter dining options and bistro menu in the new lounge and Ballygally Castle is also the perfect spot to treat yourself to the famous Ballygally afternoon tea!

Other Facilities

As a guest at Ballygally Castle Hotel you can enjoy a delicious food tour that has a story, with stunning scenery of country & coast on your Causeway Coastal Route Self Drive road trip. Relax as all reservations are made in advance allowing you the time to enjoy space to explore. Stop off at open, spacious scenic places along the way. Take in the well known attractions or hidden gems dotted all along your journey, in between each food stop and then during the rest of the afternoon.

Nearby Attractions

HBO’s award-winning television series Game Of Thrones was filmed in the areas surrounding Ballygally Castle, with cast and crew from the series frequently found relaxing at the Castle.

The stunning scenery within the Causeway Coast and Glens was used to represent everything from Winterfell to the King’s Road, The Iron Islands to Stormlands. Now you can stand on the spot where Lannisters schemed, stroll in the footsteps of the Starks, and gaze on grasslands crossed by the Dothraki horde.

The Causeway Coast and Glens Game Of Thrones itinerary is a three-day voyage of discovery that lets you experience the fantasy world of author George R.R. Martin for yourself. Plotting a path through the scenic splendour of the Seven Kingdoms, it takes you to where so many of the pivotal scenes were shot.

Located on the Antrim Coast, just minutes from Ballygally Castle, and 50 minutes north of Belfast, Ardclinis Outdoor Activity Centre is perfect for those who love outdoor activities and also for those looking to try something new and exhilarating!

Their tried and tested adventure days have something for everyone. All the activities are pitched at beginner level with absolutely no experience required.
 Activities include:-

Outdoor Laser Tag
Climbing Wall
Crate Climbing
Team Games
Zip Line

Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in Bushmills in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The original grant to distil was signed in 1608 by King James 1st and they have been Distilling in Bushmills ever since.

The Bushmills Experience is a popular tourist attraction which includes guided tours around the distillery highlighting all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings and a specialist whiskey shop.

Transport Links

Situated at Aldergrove, 24 miles from the hotel. Journey time approximately 30 minutes. An airport shuttle service operates between the City Centre and Belfast International Airport.

A local bus service runs from Larne to Ballygally, journey time 15 minutes.

Contact Information

Website: www.hastingshotels.com

Address: Bangor Rd, Holywood BT18 0EX, United Kingdom

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