Connoisseurs of sea views love this baronial castle, built by a Scottish lord in 1625 to rise dramatically beside Ballygally Bay, and newly expanded in 2014 with some top-notch rooms. Bedrooms in the castle have retained beamed ceilings but the furnishings are somewhat bland, if comfortable. Ask for a room in a turret—they are named after four of the nine Antrim Glens—and one comes complete with milady's ghost. Eighteen new deluxe rooms have what the hotel classifies
as "five-star coastal views" which come at a premium, though you also get super-king beds and a separate shower and bath. On Saturday, a decent set-menu dinner in the Garden Restaurant is served to musical accompaniment, while a Sunday bistro meal is also available in the Kintyre Room.