Overlooking the golden sands of Ballygally Bay and with uninterrupted views across the Irish Sea, seventeenth-century Ballygally Castle is one of Northern Ireland’s top hotels.
And with rolling waves just a short walk from the hotel’s entrance, it’s the perfect place for water lovers to dare a dip in the chilly Irish Sea.
The hotel has designed and launched a special overnight package that combines a dip in the sea with hot sips in the castle.
The Sea Dips & Hot Sips package includes everything guests need for an adventurous and enjoyable stay including the use of the castle’s dry robes, hot water bottle, slippers, and a flask filled with a hot drink of their choice.
“We wanted to offer a unique adventure for both seasoned and novice sea swimmers that combines the thrill of the Irish Sea with the comfort of our castle. After a refreshing dip or swim, guests can return to the castle and warm up with a hot shower in their luxurious room complete with ESPA toiletries. And in the morning a wholesome full Irish breakfast awaits,” said Scott Weatherup, General Manager of Ballygally Castle.
Ballygally Castle is a popular stop-off on the Causeway Coast and makes a great base for those eager to explore the many famous sites along the scenic route. These include the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
The amazing Gobbins cliff path is a short drive south while beautiful Glenarm Castle and Walled Garden is just a hop up the coast.
The Causeway Coast is also Game of Thrones® territory boasting many filming locations for the blockbuster series. Pretty Ballintoy Harbour became the Iron Islands, Cushendun caves featured as Stormlands and the dramatic Glens of Antrim were the stunning backdrop for many scenes across the series.
Ballygally Castle has its own piece of Game of Thrones® history being the location of one of 10 doors that make up the Journey of Doors. The intricately carved doors depict moments from Season 6 and were carved from trees blown down at the famous Dark Hedges which doubled for the Kingsroad. They hang in restaurants and pubs across Northern Ireland.