The beautiful seaside village of Ballygally, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Ballygally is a beautiful seaside village with quaint sandy beach and deep blue sea. It is home to Ballygally Castle, reputed to be the oldest occupied building in Ireland and with a reputation for being haunted. It sits in the middle of the village and is currently used as a 4 star hotel. It was built around 1625 for James Shaw of Greenock and is one of Ireland’s best-preserved Scottish baronial style plantation houses. Ballygally, despite the shop being demolished in 2008 to build flats, now has a brand new two-storey building, funded by the Big Lottery, Larne Borough Council and NER. The building consists of a large Spar shop at ground level and a Community Hall on the first floor. This will be the venue for many social activities in the very near future. Restaurants, pubs and Cairndhu Golf Course are nearby. Ballygally beach is a popular destination during the Summer months. Situated 1–2 miles away is the Carnfunnock Country Park, which offers a cafe, trailer park, a children's park, go-cart racing, clay pigeon shooting, mini-train rides, bungee runs, mini-golf and nature walks.

Local Attractions

The Giants Causeway, Carrickfergus and Dunluce castles and the Carrick a Rede rope bridge are just a few of the attractions within easy travelling distance from the Ballygally Holiday Apartments.

Two sections of the Ulster Way, Northern Ireland's best known walking trail, are easily accessible from the Ballygally Holiday Apartments. These beautiful walks give an excellent opportunity to fully appreciate the magnificent scenery and wealth of archaeology on the Antrim plateau.

Long Line surf School

Winner of the 'Best Coastal Experience in Northern Ireland 2013/2014'    The Long Line surf School and Water Trails provides lessons to teach the skills and techniques of surfing and stand up Paddleboarding.        Beginners and experienced -  all catered for.  

Benone Beach and Portstewrt Beach  :  tel: 07738128507

                                                      Hours:  9am - 9pm

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The Gobbins Cliff Path

On the very edge of the Irish Sea lie the Gobbins Cliffs, opening on the 19th August , 2015 as a spectacular cliff path walk.  Not for the feint hearted the walk is being described as a white knuckle experience but what an experience!!    The Gobbins was first opened in 1902 by the Edwardians and was as big an attraction as the Giants Causeway.     The path with its iconic metal bridges, erie caves and extraordinary scenery  became derelict and  a scheme to restore this feat of engineering started several years ago running into major logistical problems as it progressed.   Hovever it is now finished and is set again to become one of Northern Ireland's major attractions.   the visitor center on Islandmagee (accessable by a causeway) will have a virtual walking experience for those less able amongst us with the guided walk bookable online to ensure a place.   There is a 4' height restriction with no exceptions so it is not suitable for young children.    Do visit the website as the history , geology, wildlife and attractions along the walk are fully explained.  Have fun!

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Ulster Folk and Transport Museum - BT18 0EU

Experience life from over 100 years ago as costumed guides demonstrate traditional crafts.  The story of Titanic comes to life at TITANICa The Exhibition and step aboard majestic steam locomotives in the Transport Museum.

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Northern Ireland War Memorial Gallery - Belfast 21 Talbot Street, BT1 2LD

The Northern Ireland War Memorial Gallery at 21 Talbot Street is well worth a visit.  An exhibition of Irelands (North and South) contribution in WW2.  Books of remembrance, life size displays, an audio visual display on the Home Front, records of the Belfast Blitz and a beautiful bronze centrepiece with connections to Ballygally Holiday Apartments!


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The Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland's only Unesco World Heritage Site, located on the North Antrim Coast is a "must see" on any itinerary. See over 40,000 volcanic rock formations formed some 62 - 65 million years ago and enjoy local legends of how the Giant Finn MacCool built the Causeway to retrieve his Lady Giant from Staffa in Scotland. Fifteen miles of footpaths.  2012 saw the opening of a brand new visitor and information centre. This facility greatly adds to the Causeway experience and makes a trip to the Causeway a must for visitors. The Giant's Causeway is 48 miles from the Ballygally Holiday Apartments along the breathtaking Antrim Coast Road.

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Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge

Originally erected by salmon fishermen to access the rocky island of Carrick, this breathtaking attraction is now operated by the National Trust. Located 5 miles west of Ballycastle and just 7 miles from the Giant's Causeway, the bridge is open from March to October weather permitting and provides wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Excellent for birdwatching.

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Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills Distillery swept the boards at the prestigious 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  As well as winning 'Best Whiskey in the World' (which of course we already knew!) Bushmills scooped 100% gold accolades in the global competition. These awards come on top of winning three ~World Whiskey Awards in London earlier that year.   Situate two miles from the Giant's Causeway, you can sample the award-winning whiskey for yourself. This is the oldest distillery operating in Ireland today. Distilling "Uisce Beatha", Gaelic for whiskey, since 1608, the distillery offers comprehensive guided tours of the distilling process and tasting of the range of whiskeys on offer. Gift shop on site.

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Dunluce Castle

A 17th Century castle, considered to be one of the most picturesque and romantic in Ireland. Sited on a rocky headland, 3 miles east of Portrush on the road to Bushmills. Visitor Centre, shop and guided tours available.

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Titanic's Dock and Pump House - BT3 9DT

Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition. Drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Center.

Also see the SS Nomadic - Tender to the Titanic and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world! Restored to her original glory and back home in Belfast’s historic Hamilton Dock. Come on board and experience over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.

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Belfast City Centre

Visit the many attractions of Belfast City Centre, including the Ulster Museum, City Hall, the Odyssey complex, St. George's Market and Victoria Square. With its rich history and diverse culture there is something for all the family, including fantastic shopping, world-class dining and an exciting choice of music, cinema, theatre and nightlife. 

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Carrickfergus Castle

Beautifully preserved Norman Castle built by John De Courcy in 1180. Located approximately 15 miles from Ballygally, Carrickfergus Castle is open all year round and is a self-guiding facility with audiovisual and information boards to assist your enjoyment of the visit. Special events take place throughout the year.

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Carnfunnock Country Park

Located approximately 1/2 mile from the Ballygally Holiday Apartments, Carnfunnock Country Park provides a range of attractions for both adults and children alike. Including 191 hectares of forest walks, BBQ and picnic sites, adventure playground, walled garden and maze "map" of Northern Ireland.    The family fun zone is a great hit with young and old alike.  Also at Carnfunnock you will find a driving range and 9 hole golf course.

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Cairndhu Golf Club

Beautiful 18 hole golf course with a spectacular hill top location. Golfing enthusiasts staying at Ballygally Holiday Apartments can avail of a free round of golf (Monday - Friday) and use of a buggy. 24 hours notice required.

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Belfast Zoo - BT36 7PN

Belfast Zoo is home to more than 1,200 animals and 140 species.  Many of the animals are under threat in their own natural habitat and Belfast Zoo is a very important base for their survival.  Situated on a 55 acre site on the north side of Belfast, the zoo is easy to access from Ballygally (approximately 20 miles). Visitors can enjoy panoramic views over Belfast Lough and the surrounding countryside. Open all year round, children's playground, restaurant, picnic areas and gift shop.  A truly wonderful day out for all the family.

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Glens of Antrim

Ballygally Holiday Apartments, provides a wonderful base for touring the nine Glens of Antrim – an area of outstanding natural beauty. Many and varied are the attractions and places of interest in this area. Just to take one example, Glenariff Forest Park, signposted from Waterfoot, hosts a range of excellent walks alongside rivers and waterfalls and provides the visitor with breathtaking views of the Irish Sea and Scottish coastline.

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Glenarm Castle - BT44 0BQ

Glenarm Castle, home to the McDonnell family since the early 17th century, opens its historic walled garden and delightful tearooms to the public from May to September. The Dalriada Festival has become a popular annual event and is held on the 14th and 15th July.  . Events are held throughout the year,  Just have a look on their website and enjoy!

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Horse riding

Islandmagee, just 20 minutes drive from Ballygally (16 miles approximately), has two British Horse Society approved Equestrian Centres – The Islandmagee Riding Centre and The Rainbow Equestrian Centres both open all year round. Private/group lessons and beach rides are available.

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Watertop Open Farm

A 600 acre farm located 5 miles south east of Ballycastle. A fun day out for all the family. Enjoy pony trekking, boating, walks and a chance to tour the farm on a "paddiwagon", an ex army 4 x 4 truck.  Cafe facilities available.

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