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The following information was researched by our volunteer team member Carolyn D. Ahrns from Las Vegas, NV. Thank you very much
Ballygally Castle was built in 1625. Now a hotel “it is the only 17th century building in Northern Ireland still being used as a residence today”. The original beam ceilings and antique pine furniture which decorate the hotel’s guest rooms “give the feeling of what stylish living was like in the last century”.
Not to mention the ghost, who is said to be that of the former Lady of the castle. Lady Isobel Shaw’s ghost is reputed to be rather playful, she loves to knock on the doors of the guests; apparently she is quite amused by their reactions when they find no one there.
Located on the Antrim coast at Ballygally Bay, Ballygally Castle is near the famous “Nine Glens of Antrim” and the Giant’s Causeway. Views of the Antrim Mountains and the Irish Sea are just part of the lovely scenery that can be enjoyed from the coastal and glen walks.
Local fishing boats are available for deep sea fishing, or fish for trout and salmon in near by rivers.
And if you golf: “Excellent golfing is available nearby: Carindhu, located on Ballygally Head with the sea surging below, has some challenging holes. Most noteworthy; the third tee located 200 feet above the sea, and superb views of Scotland. Ballycastle, the best of both worlds with the first five holes inland and the rest a mix of health and links. Cushendall, nestled in one of the Antrim Glens, this relaxing, beautiful nine holer is located along the banks of the Rover Dall. Galgorm Castle, 18-hole championship parkland course located in the grounds of Galgorm. And last but not least, the famous Championship links at Royal Portrush.”
Information obtained from: Hastings Hotels, Haunted Britain & Ireland, devereonline.co.uk and irelandhotel.com.