The Gobbins Cliff Path

Wednesday, 12 August, 2015

The Gobbins Cliff path opened in August 2015.   Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances the Path has been closed for the last few months.  the good news is that it is scheduled to re-open in July 2017.  Booking is essential. This awe inspiring   attraction  is situated on Islandmagee just a few miles from The Ballygally Holiday apartments.      The walk is being marketed as a white knuckle walk, not for the feint hearted ,but with spectacular views and a wealth of geology and wildlife.  It is set to be a, major attraction and booking in advance is required.   The visitor center hosts an interactive virtual walk for those of us not brave enough to complete the walk!!  Check out the website to find out all about the Gobbins cliff Path.   Guests are reporing back that it is an experience not to be missed!

 


Welcome to May 2017

Welcome to May and Summer is just round the corner.  where does the time go?   We are now ready for the season with amongst other things - a new bathroom inb apartment No 2, new ceramic hobs in all apartments and a lot!! of general maintenance.  

The bad news this month is that the apartments have just gone on the Market for Sale.  I have decided to retire and David and Joan have taken the decision to retire also.  The plan is to sell as a going concern so hopefully there will be no disruption to business over the Summer.  I must say I will miss all the friends I have made over theyears.   However I won't be too far away and the kettle will always be on for a cup of coffee.  

The Causeway Coastal Route can be travelled whatever the season and what delights are in store along the way.    Castles to explore, waterfalls of outstanding beauty, The Giants Causeway, beautiful beaches for a walk.   Lots of things to do for all the family.  Just google 'The Causway Coastal Route' and you will be amazed by the variety of sights waiting to be discovered. 

The  Gobbins re-opens in June this year and our newest attraction - The Whitehead Railway Museum is now open and is going to attract all those train buffs out there.  I had a sneak preview and it is really worth a visit.

 

 The Game of Thrones filming continues to draw visitors to this part of the coast   This area must be one of the favourite spots for filming ,   The Ballygally Castle Hotel is now home to one of the famous 10 doors.   A must for a photo!  Magheramourne quarry is the site for the 'White Wall' (easily visible from the road - it gets whiter every day!) and rumours are saying that it will soon be a venue for Wedding Photos. The hills above the apartments are often lit up for night time scenes which featured in the latest series.    If you are very lucky you will see strangely dressed creatures in the village shop. The bad news is that season 8 is to be the last series, I don't know what is going to happen to all the film locations.?  download the Game of Thrones app on our website to plan your visit.

  Steensons jewellers in Glenarm is another must on the attractions trail.    Their new showroom is situated beside the church as you enter the village and you just might see them working on a piece of jewellry for Game of Thrones.   Ladies, you will love it - trust me. 

 

What could be nicer than a Summer break at the Ballygally Holiday Apartments?    A trip up the coast or a days shopping in Belfast back for a barbeque and then relax in the comfort of your apartment to watch the sea . truly 'your home from home' on the Antrim Coast.

  I  look forward to meeting old and new friends in 2017. Just phone us to arrange that well earned holiday.     Best wishes,    Jennifer

 


Ballygally Holiday Apartments, Highly Commended at prestigious event 2014

At the 2014 Northern Ireland Tourist Board's award Gala in May we were Highly Commended in the Non Serviced Accommodation catagory.   We were delighted to receive this commendation at such a prestigious event and will enforce our promise to give our guests a warm and comfortable reception and stay at our beautiful apartments on the Antrim Coast Road.   I don't have a photo just yet but watch this space!


Ballygally Holiday Apartments wins 2012 Excellence in Tourism Award!

Friday, 1 March, 2013

Ballygally Holiday Apartments, where nothing is overlooked but the sea, has achieved success in the 2012 Larne Business Awards.

David Magill, proprietor, received the award from Minister for Enterprise,Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster MLA. He commented " we are delighted to win this award and see if as further confirmation of our excellent tourism product and our ongoing focus on customer care"

The Ballygally Holiday Apartments are strategically located on the Causeway Coastal route, one of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's signature projects. Open 365 days a year, the seven apartments provide luxurious accommodation and a wonderful base to explore the Glens of Antrim and world famous Giant's Causeway.


Find Your Ancestors

The National Archives of Ireland have recently gone on-line with the 1911 census. Many of Northern Irelands counties including Antrim are now active and the census is a great tool for family research.  Have a look!  Our Manager is always availble to assist you in your search.  Just ask at Reception.


Ballygally Hall

Ballygally Hall is now fully operational and proving to be a big success.     From keep fit, yoga , bridge and art classes  Childrens parties, Christenings, Prayer Meetings, Burns Night, Wine Tasting, Community Lunches (everyone welcome) and bowls everyone is catered for and it is wonderful to see such an exciting facility fully used and enjoyed. 


Social Networking - The Fun Way To Keep In Touch

Thank you to those of guests who have left very complimentary comments in our visitors book. Why not share them with friends on your Social Networking sites as well? Check out the Social Networking buttons on the green strip on every page of our website. These buttons will connect you to your networking sites, i.e. Facebook and Tripadvisor.   You can then leave your comments for everyone to enjoy. Join the group  'Ballygally Holiday Apartments' on Facebook. You can also have a look at our youtube entry, again under Ballygally Holiday apartments - Have fun.


WiFi

ALERT! ALERT! WiFi has come to the Ballygally Holiday Apartments. Bring along your laptop as complimentary Wireless Broadband is available in every apartment.  We are now offering a 'Printing Service'  If you want to print a page from your Ipad or Iphone just ask at reception for details.   Very handy for those daily itineries or tourist information.


Hara Holistics

Hara Holistics offers various relaxing therapies from a Hot Stone Massage (I recommend this one!!) to Reflexology and Indian Head massage right on our doorstep. The therapy centre is in the River Room which is on Croft Road, not far from the Apartments. If you wish to book a treatment during your stay at the Apartments just ask at reception.


Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson

An episode of Top Gear was filmed in the car park opposite the Apartments a popular venue for film makers - all clearly visible from the comfort of your lounge.


Ballylagan Organic Farm - Straid

This beautiful farm offers home grown and organically reared beef, pork, bacon, lamb and Poultry.    Also available is a rich variety of seasonal vegetables and soft fruit. Well worth a visit and only 25 minutes from the apartments.   The Organic Farm has now oped a lovely coffee shop and I can guarantee that the food is delicious.




2017 — Ballygally self-catering apartments