Fodor's Expert Review Ballygally Castle
274 Coast Rd., Ballygally, Co. Antrim, BT40 2QZ, Northern Ireland
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 decorated in green and purple have what the hotel classifies as "five-star coastal views" which come at a premium, though you also get superking beds, a separate shower and bath, and bath robes. 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.
- guests are well looked after
- handy stopover en route to the Giant's Causeway of Glens of Antrim
- can fill up quickly, leading to delays particularly at peak holiday times
Rate Includes: Free breakfast