The Perfect Wedding Ceremony

Yesterday at the Castle we held our first outdoor Wedding Ceremony which took place on Brisbane Island. I was lucky enough to have been invited to the big day and took some pictures of this beautiful occasion to share with you!

Lady Isabella,
The friendly ghost on the Antrim Coast xx

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National Afternoon Tea Week

Afternoon Tea

Couple enjoying a delicious Afternoon Tea at Ballygally Castle on the Antrim Coast.

Did you know it is national afternoon tea week?

In 1840 Anne, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, started requesting tea, bread and cake at 4pm to stave off hunger until dinner, and soon after afternoon tea became a much-loved, quintessentially British tradition.

Why not call into the Ballygally Castle Hotel and try our delicious afternoon tea.

Served Daily from 2.00-5.00pm

For more information please click here.

Feathered Friends


At Ballygally Castle we have been enjoying the glorious sunshine! It has been great to see the hotel busy and guests making the most of the weather by relaxing in the gardens, heading for a cycle along the Antrim coast and enjoying picnics on the beach! With temperatures rising, our four resident ducks have been making a splash and entertaining guests with their regular swims in the Hotel River!

As our four feathered friends are here to stay,  I’ve been asking guests to help me come up with suitable names for each of them. Have you any suggestions?

Lady Isabella,
The Friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast.


Perfect weather for a cycle!


What a lovely weekend! Perfect weather for a cycle up the coast and that is just what I did!

On Saturday I met a lovely couple, Aileen and Scott Martin who where spending the night in the Castle.  I got talking to them and discovered their plans to explore the Antrim Coast on Sunday. Never one to miss out on the opportunity of an adventure, I asked Aileen and Scott if I could join them and they very kindly said yes! On Sunday morning, we  took to our bikes, with a delicious picnic the hotel had prepared for us and we set off cycling 30 miles around the beautiful Antrim coast.

I had the most wonderful day and managed to stop and snap a picture of the Castle form across the bay to share with you all.  I really recommend you explore the coast by bike, there are plenty of great locations to stop and admire the scenery and enjoy your picnic break! The hotel will hire bikes and prepare picnics for anyone who wishes to cycle or even drive the coast road when staying and returning to the Castle and I am always happy to join you on your adventures!










Lady Isabella,

The friendly ghost on the Antrim Coast.



Makeover for Ghost Room

Good Morning,

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the great weather!

It was a great weekend at the Castle! I was pleased to have a group of journalists from across the UK visiting the hotel and experiencing the best of Ballygally Castle and the North Coast. Our special visitors where among the first to view my brand new bedroom!

After the Castles beautiful refurbishment I thought it was only fair my room got a makeover! My new room includes a new history wall and the addition of a Ghost Cloak, which allows visitors to dress up as a ghost and pose for a picture with me!!

I can’t wait for you all to visit my new room!

Look forward to seeing you soon,

Lady Isabella, the friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast x

For more information on visiting Ballygally Castle Hotel please click here.




Memory Lane


Can you believe the Castle has nearly been reopened for a month? I’ve been enjoying catching up with staff and customers and hearing what everyone thinks of my beautiful new castle!

Today I took a trip down memory lane; I was looking round the Castle when I came across an old Christmas menu from 1979! I just had to share it with you all,  does anyone remember seeing this menu?












Lady Isabella
The Friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast

Back in business

Good Afternoon,

I am delighted to announce that Ballygally Castle reopened its doors to the public yesterday.

After six months of extensive refurbishment work it was wonderful to see the joy and excitement in peoples faces as we welcomed back our regular customers and wonderful staff!

It was great to see the guests exploring and enjoying the new Castle – I was even impressed to see many people brave enough to climb the tower stairs and visit me in my room!

I hope to welcome you all to the Castle very soon,

Lady Isabella,
The friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast
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11 days to go

Good afternoon,

With only 11 days until the Castle reopens the finishing touches are starting to take place. The painters and decorators are on site and working tirelessly to make sure everything will be ready and  in pristine condition for the opening.

Look forward to welcoming you all to the Castle very soon,

Lady Isabella,

The friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast.


Old Video Footage of Ballygally Castle


I came across a website with a fabulous video which features Ballygally Castle in 1955.  It shows a group of models coming to Northern Ireland and visiting the Castle.

To view the video please click on the image below.










Lady Isabella, The friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast

Latest News

Good Morning,

Hope you are all enjoying the wonderful sunshine!

Less than 4 weeks to go now until the Castle Reopens! I was very excited to be present when the Scaffolding was removed from the Castle and managed to snap a picture of Scott outside the front of the Castle!

Look  forward to sharing more pictures with you soon,

Lady Isabella,

The Friendly Ghost, on the Antrim Coast.
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