Ballygally Castle Ireland
Northern Ireland's Finest Hotel Castle
Ballygally Castle Ireland is Fantasy Ireland's choice for
Best Castle Hotel in the Northern province.
In fact, it's the only Northern Ireland Castle Hotel we recommend.
This first-class hotel is conveniently located just 20 miles from Belfast, right along the breathtaking coastline of County Antrim, home of the famous geological curiosity, "Giant's Causeway".
Travelers from all over the world flock here to take in the captivating scenery of the "Nine Glens of Antrim". And the coastal drives are arguably more breathtaking than anywhere else on the planet.
But that is not all that makes Ballygally Castle Ireland one of the most popular places in the Northern Region of the Emerald Isle.
Ballygally Castle dates back to the early 17th century, and this makes it the only 17th century building in Northern Ireland still used as a residence.
But there is still more that makes Ballygally Castle a truly special place...
This traditional castle, small in comparison to other famous Irish castles, is quite enchanting. The 44 stylish guest rooms make anyone feel swept away to another time and place.
The fabulous Garden Restaurant overlooks the beautiful grounds. For more informal dining, there is more casual cuisine in the lounge. The castle's beamed ceilings are part of the original construction, and the fine antique furnishings complete the package.
At Ballygally Castle, not only do you enjoy the perfect blend of old-world charm and modern amenities, you may even be visited by a friendly ghost! Lady Isobel Shaw is this Irish castle's resident ghost who takes great delight in knocking on the doors of the guestrooms. No need to fear, though, by all accounts she's just having fun and is quite a friendly old soul.
For the less friendly ghost stories, click here to read about five of Ireland's most haunted castles.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, if you are planning a trip to this region, you can be sure this is the finest Castle Hotel Northern Ireland has to offer.
Castle accommodations can be expensive, of course, but well worth it if you have the means. Besides you can get great values if you know where to look and when to go.
The off-peak season is between late September and March, and you can save money on every part of your vacation if you choose to travel then, including the expense of staying in one of the legendary Irish castles.
Not only will you save money, but you won't have to fight the crowds on your days of sightseeing! Not to mention how lovely the Emerald Isle is around Harvest Time.
Castle photos courtesy of My Guide Ireland
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