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Sitting tall atop the Causeway Coastal Route, the grand Ballygally Castle overlooks the Bay’s golden stretch of sand. The Castle boasts almost 400 years of varied history, having been originally built in the 17th century. Serving as a place of refuge for Protestants during the Civil Wars, the building has passed through different families before being turned into a hotel during the 1950s. The Ballygally Castle sits between Belfast and The Giants Causeway, providing guests with a number of options for day trips. Closer to the hotel, guests may opt to take a leisurely beach stroll, or take a wander around Carnfunnock Country Park, with its mixed woodland, wooden sculptures and outdoor adventure playground. There are also a number of golf courses nearby for enthusiasts to practise their puts and swings, the nearest being Cairndhu Golf Club. With over 50 rooms placing comfort at the forefront of their design, visitors are spoilt for choice. Superior rooms, deluxe rooms and suites scattered around the castle, as well as the more modern building beside it. Located in one of the castle’s turrets, the ‘ghost room’ is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Isabella Shaw, the former lady of the castle. Brave guests will be taken on a tour of the room. Historic features abound at The Garden Restaurant, set within the castle walls. Traditional roasts and afternoon tea take place throughout the week, while private dining is available in the medieval dungeon. More casual dining takes place in the Lounge, where bar snacks can be enjoyed alongside open fires and panoramic views out to sea.