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Wildlife at the Apartments
For those wildlife enthusiasts among you, the Ballygally Holiday Apartments are the ideal base for exploring Northern Ireland. Rathlin Island is an ideal day trip and a wonderful place to see Puffins, Guillimots, Razorbills and if you are lucky the odd Chough. The RSPB viewing point at Bull Point is not to be missed and the highlight of a wonderful day out for young and old alike. Nearer to home, Larne Lough is the ideal place to spot rare gulls and various species of wader along its shoreline. Then we have the Antrim Plateau on our doorstep, home to the Irish Hare (look for the White Hares in late Winter) and many , many raptors. Castle Espie, Northern Ireland's WWF reserve is another day trip not to be missed at any time of the year especially Autumn/Winter when it becomes home to flocks fo Wooper Swans and brent geese. Our own resident!! curlew is to be seen most days on the lawn outside the windows and keep your eyes open for the pods of dolphin regularily seen passing close by. Sammy the Seal is also a regular visitor to the bay and much loved by the children. Ballygally Head is home to a family of foxes (don't throw bread out for the birds!!) and a badger was seen a few times this winter grubbing along the carpark fence. Lots to see, I promise.
Ballygally Holiday Apartments wins 2012 Excellence in Tourism Award!
Ballygally Holiday Apartments, where nothing is overlooked but the sea, has achieved success in the 2012 Larne Business Awards.
David Magill, proprietor, received the award from Minister for Enterprise,Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster MLA. He commented " we are delighted to win this award and see if as further confirmation of our excellent tourism product and our ongoing focus on customer care"
The Ballygally Holiday Apartments are strategically located on the Causeway Coastal route, one of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's signature projects. Open 365 days a year, the seven apartments provide luxurious accommodation and a wonderful base to explore the Glens of Antrim and world famous Giant's Causeway.
WELCOME TO MAY
I can't believe that April has gone and that it is now May, where did it go? I am beginning to think about summer planting in the garden, the grass cutters have been busy, the field of Memory is awash with daffodills, the rockery has had a Spring Clean and will be magnificent as always. Thank you Thomas. We are hoping for a very busy Summer and bookings are coming in thick and fast. Our Spring maintenance is now finished and although I say it myself the apartments are looking very fresh and welcoming. An exciting new website is under construction so watch this space for brilliant new photos, you will not be disapointed.
The swallows and house martins have well and truly arrived and we are now looking out for the terns and gannets both of which seem to favour our bay and are a treat to watch on a balmy summer night. My cry now is 'Where are the dolphins' Guests are warned to let me know if they appear - the most spectacular event and one which returning guests remember fondly - if they have been lucky enough to witness the display!!!
We will have a few new improvements for 2013. There is a designated drying room for those outdoor types - no more wet boots and coats cluttering up your apartment. Apartment No 4 has a lovely new bathroom and all the shower cubicles have been updated. New bedding has been chosen and will hopefully be in place soon.
Guests are reporting that a visit to the Titanic Exhibition is a must. This photo is of the outside of the exhibition building and is a life size representation of the bow of the Titanic. More good news today is that The Game of Thrones, Season 6, is to be filmed again in Northern Ireland this summer and if you are lucky you may see the cast walking about the Village in their costumes, as the hills above Ballygally are where most of the outside scenes are shot.
This year looks as though it will again make Northern Ireland a good choice for holidays. Derry/Londonderry has become the 1st European City of Culture and events will be ongoing throughout the year - check out their website for dates and times. Belfast is hosting it's own Olympic Games in the form of The Police and Fire Games, which are taking place in August. This, imagine will attract great attention with bookings coming in already. Not to mention the All Ireland Rowing Regatta, in Carnlough right here on our coast check out our events page to find details of dates etc.
Ballygally has certainly become firmly placed on the map as a wonderful place to spend a few days - or longer - why not try it and see for yourselves - the views from the lounge areas cannot be surpassed and don't forget to book early to avoid disappointment.
E Just give us a call if you have any queries and I will discuss your accommodation requirements and help plan your holiday. I look forward to meeting you soon. Don't forget - Come and visit us in 2013 - Northern Ireland is a wonderful place for a holiday and the Ballygally Holiday Apartments are the place to stay! Best wishes, Jennifer Riley (Manager)
FIND YOUR ANCESTORS
The National Archives of Ireland have recently gone on-line with the 1911 census. Many of Northern Irelands counties including Antrim are now active and the census is a great tool for family research. Have a look!WebsiteNational Archives of Ireland
- The Lease is now signed and the Hall is ours and hosting a raft of events and classes from computers, keep fit to boot camps and flower demonstrations The Hall was packed for the opening and I forgot my camera!!! We now have a wonderful facility - many thanks to all who made this possible - a gigantic feat and well worth all the long hours and endless meetings. Health to enjoy from the Ballygally Holiday Apartments
SOCIAL NETWORKING - THE FUN WAY TO KEEP IN TOUCH
Thank you to those of guests who have left very complimentary comments in our visitors book. Why not share them with friends on your Social Networking sites as well? Check out the Social Networking buttons on the green strip on every page of our website. These buttons will connect you to your networking sites, i.e. Facebook, Stumble upon, Delicious. You can then leave your comments for everyone to enjoy. Join the group 'Ballygally Holiday Apartments' on Facebook . You can also have a look at our youtube entry, again under Ballygally Holiday apartments - Have fun
ALERT! ALERT! WiFi has come to the Ballygally Holiday Apartments. Bring along your laptop as complimentary Wireless Broadband is available in every apartment.
Hara Holistics offers various relaxing therapies from a Hot Stone Massage (I recommend this one!!) to Reflexology and Indian Head massage right on our doorstep. The therapy centre is in the River Room which is on Croft Road, not far from the Apartments. If you wish to book a treatment during your stay at the Apartments just ask at reception.WebsiteHara Holistics
Ballylagan Organic Farm - Straid
This beautiful farm offers home grown and organically reared beef, pork, bacon, lamb and Poultry. Also available is a rich variety of seasonal vegetables and soft fruit. Well worth a visit and only 25 minutes from the apartments.WebsiteBallylagan Organic Farm
TOP GEAR AND JEREMY CLARKSON
An episode of Top Gear was filmed in the car park opposite the Apartments a popular venue for film makers - all clearly visible from the comfort of your lounge.
Ballygally Holiday Apartments welcome the torch
What a great day. The crowds turned out in force to welcome the Olympic Torch to Ballygally on Sunday 3rd June.