Ballylough ( Baile an Locha: Townland of the Lake) – Set in the historic demesne of the Ballylough Estate on the wild Causeway Coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Ballylough is a Georgian family home, lived in by the Traill’s since 1789, set in 150 acres of mature grounds and ancient woodland with a tranquil, 2.5 acre walled garden.
We offer peace and quiet; somewhere to relax and take a breather.
Historically, Ballylough is unique; the demesne has been occupied since the Iron Age with both a crannog and rath on site. Wander the grounds, soak up the peace and quiet whilst listening to the diverse wild life (including our first ever Greater-Spotted Woodpecker), or let your imagination run wild as you take in the 13th Century ruin of the Savage Castle. Or maybe you’re content to gaze across the old lough and contemplate the sad stories of the Grey Lady and Mae Rae, our legendary ghosts.
This is a home; with large open fires, locally sourced and produced food, served up with a large portion of Irish hospitality.
Welcome to Ballylough. 50% of the Bed & Breakfast profits go towards the Ballylough Living History Trust.
Ballylough B & B website HERE for more info.
Direct to BOOKING:
- Shane’s Room – a very large double room with views of the castle. Ensuite.
- Patrick’s Room – a double room with views of the front lawns. This room may be booked with Shane’s room.
- Bruce’s Room – a large double with views of the garden. Ensuite.
- Henry’s Room – a large double with views of the front lawns. This room has it’s own bathroom across the landing with views of the castle.
Sorry no pets. No children. The Savage Dig Residential Worker’s Cottages (c2019) in the bell yard will be both pet and child friendly, sleeping up to 10.
Ballylough lies a mile out of Bushmills in the small hamlet of Castlecatt. The area is steeped in a rich web of history and stories. There are a vast array of activities in the region. Within just a few minutes drive, walk or cycle, you will find the famous Bushmills Distillery, and several great shops, a small golf course and restaurants within the village of Bushmills & Portballintrae. Heading East, and within a short drive, you will have access to over 100 miles of the Causeway Coast Way (part of the Ulster Way), find the Giant’s Causeway, Dunseverick Castle Ruins, Carrick-A-Rede Harbour, the Dark Hedges, White Park Bay, Ballycastle and the beautiful Glens of Antrim. Heading West you will find Dunluce Castle perched out on the headland, White Rocks beach, The Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portrush beaches (the first 5km Park Run to be established) , Portstewart Promenade, Portstewart Golf Course and the famous Portstewart Strand. As you keep heading West, and still just a short drive, you will come through Coleraine (good for shopping), Castlerock Beach, Downhill Desmesne, Hezlett House, Mussenden Temple and the wonderful Benone Beach.
If you want to travel further afield there are many more great things to see within 1 – 1.5 hours drive – all three airports, the ferries and Belfast train/bus station are within this and give you quick and easy access to the North Coast, or onwards travel.
Several of the properties are owned and maintained by the National Trust, so do consider buying a membership (they have a variety of memberships), as this often proves to be great value for money.