Taste of Ulster Award


Hope you are well!

I am very proud of the restaurant team at Ballygally Castle who recently passed their Taste of Ulster inspection! Pictured below with the award from the hotel are Scott Weatherup, Norman McBride, Niamh Johnston and Ann Faichnie from the Hotel.

Lady Isabella, the friendly ghost on the Antrim Coast.


Halloween is coming …

 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Brian Thompson/Presseye

It is nearly my favourite time of year – Halloween, when the goblins and ghouls come out to play.

Every year Ballygally Castle embraces Halloween and this year is no different. Norman and his team have come up with some frighteningly good offers for all the family.

Enjoy a fun afternoon of dining for the whole family with a Halloween Themed Afternoon Tea. This spookily scrumptious special Afternoon Tea offer includes spine-tinglingly tasty sandwiches, freshly baked scones, buns and loads of scary delights to sink your teeth into.

If you are feeling brave, after you enjoy your Afternoon Tea climb the spiral staircase to my bedroom in the tower! I might even pop out and say hello!

Available every afternoon from October 23rd – November 1st. To book call 028 2858 1066.

For those feeling extra brave why not stay over and get into the ghostly spirit with our Halloween package! Click here to find out more.

Lady Isabella Shaw,

The friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast

Whispers from the Ghost room….


Over the last few months I’ve had many visitors from across the globe visit me in my Tower. Many of these guests have filled out the Ghost Comment cards in the room so I thought I would share a few of their memories with you….

“I walked up the stairs and I saw this thing standing looking at me and I nearly wet myself!” Ian Gage – Jamaica

“Love the ghost room but it was such a sad room. The hotel is beautiful and also the surrounding area. Thanks so much.” Margaret Hadalcetta – USA

“I went upstairs and saw someone sitting on the bed so I screamed and they disappeared.” Bob McWhinney – Canada

“In the ghost room there were clear footsteps walking through the room and I heard a man right behind me mumbling.” Sophia Kelly, Ireland.

Do you have a Ghost Story from the Castle? I would love to hear from you! Please comment with your stories or email info@hastingshotels.com.

Lady Isabella,
The friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast.


The Bikes have arrived!

Hello, It has been great to see the hotel busy and guests making the most of the weather (when it has been dry) by relaxing in the gardens, heading for a cycle along the Antrim coast and enjoying picnics on the beach! Speaking of going for a cycle, the hotel have introduced new electric bicycles, which arrived at the hotel last week! This is a relaxed and enjoyable way to explore the local area and north coast! Believe me, I had a go on one this afternoon and it was fantastic! I was taking a stroll around the Castle and bumped into some familiar faces- General Manager Norman McBride and Operations Manager Paul Truscott, who was testing out one of the bikes! paulbicycle You can tell from his wee face, he just loves it! So next time you are coming to stay in the Castle, be sure to give them a go- I look forward to seeing you!

Love Isabella

The Friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast xx

Game of Thrones Themed Afternoon Tea

There are rumours floating about the Castle that Norman and his team are planning to offer a Game of Thrones themed Afternoon Tea and I am soooo excited- I love Game of Thrones!

As you know the film set isn’t too far from the castle so I quite often take myself off up the coast for a wee noisy to see who is about and play tricks on the tourists.

Norman has also just placed a new Game of Thrones Jewellery Cabinet at the hotel entrance, you must take a look at it when you are visiting- I like to re-arrange the pieces in the cabinet from time to time- I have been told off several times but it amuses me greatly!

Keep an eye out for the Game of Thrones offer….I sense it won’t be long until it is announced 😉


Lady Isabella x

Spooky Halloween Break!


Get into the ghostly spirit with the specially themed Halloween Break including Bed, Breakfast and Afternoon Tea from £60 pps.

The afternoon tea features an array of Halloween-themed delights and ghoulish treats to sink your teeth into. These spookily scrumptious treats can be enjoyed in the hotel’s wickedly comfortable lounge and is served 2 – 5pm daily.

Click here to book

Welcome Back Norman!

As many of you know Norman left us for a while to lend a hand in the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.

I have to admit, I took the news of his departure pretty badly. I would often just sit in my room, looking out the window, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. Many of you probably heard me crying!

So, you can imagine my delight when I heard the staff announcing he was to return to the castle- my tears of sadness, were now tears of joy and I couldn’t wait to speak to him!

Here is how it went….

Q: Welcome back Norman, did you miss me?

Yes I did, I have been drawn back to you.

Q: What were you doing in The Stormont?

Trying to educate them on the physic ways 

Q: Are there any ghosts there? If so, I’m still your favourite, right?

No ghosts there and you will always be my favourite!

Q: Have you many guests coming to stay with me this Halloween?


Q: Have you told them about me?

Yes and the story teller is also going to be there on Halloween night to tell everyone about you so don’t be shy and let them all see you! 

Q: If you could give them one piece of advice about visiting my Ghost Room, what would it be?

Be careful on the stairs and don’t disrespect you.

Well folks, you heard Norman- enter the tower if you dare this Halloween! Come up to my room, try on my cloak and for those of you who are feeling brave, I dare you to stay the night!

See you soon!

Lady Isabella,
The Friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast xx

Enjoy a Frighteningly Good Afternoon Tea

Halloween is one of my favourite times of year; I am very excited to announce that this year the Castle is running a special Halloween Themed Afternoon Tea!

This experience will leave behind the tricks and give you all the spooktacular treats to get you in the ghostly spirit as you indulge in the ‘spine tinglingly’ good sandwiches, freshly baked scones, buns and scary treats. After enjoying a delicious Afternoon Tea, those brave enough can take a trip up the spiral staircase to visit me in the Ghost Room!! I’ll be waiting!!

Halloween Afternoon Tea at Ballygally Castle is available from the 25th October – 1st November from 2.00 – 5.00pm. £15.00 per adult £8.00 for children. For more information or to book please call 028 2858 1066 or email conf@bgc.hastingshotels.com

Lady Isabella,
The Friendly Ghost on the Antrim Coast xx

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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