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Ballygally Castle

Ballygally Castle

274 Coast Road, Larne
4.5 out of 5.0
4 others viewing this property now
4.5 out of 5 (123 reviews)

Located in Ballygally, this beach hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Carnfunnock Country Park and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Cairndhu Golf Course. Port of Larne and Glenarm ...

£90

£90
Curran Court Hotel

Curran Court Hotel

6 Redlands Road, Larne
4.5 out of 5.0
1 others viewing this property now
4.6 out of 5 (112 reviews)

Situated in Larne, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Port of Larne and within 6 miles (10 km) of Carnfunnock Country Park and Cairndhu Golf Course. Gleno Waterfall ...

£67

£67
Londonderry Arms Hotel

Londonderry Arms Hotel

20 Harbour Road, Ballymena
3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (93 reviews)

Located in Carnlough, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Glenarm Castle and within 12 miles (20 km) of Carnfunnock Country Park and Slemish Mountain. Glenariff ...

£75

£75
Kilmore Country House

Kilmore Country House

10 Glasmullan Road, Glenariffe, Ballymena
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Glenariff, this guesthouse is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Red Bay Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Curfew Tower and Lurig Mountain. Glenariff Forest Park ...

£87

£87
Derrin Guest House

Derrin Guest House

2 Princes Gardens, Larne
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Larne, this bed & breakfast is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Port of Larne and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Carnfunnock Country Park. Cairndhu Golf Course and Gleno Waterfall ...

£54

£54
Cullentra House

Cullentra House

16 Cloughs Road, Cushendall, Ballymena
4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (94 reviews)

Located in Cushendall, this bed & breakfast is within 3 miles (5 km) of Curfew Tower, Red Bay Castle and Ossian's Grave. Lurig Mountain is 3 mi (4.8 km) ...

£38

£38
Glendale Bed & Breakfast

Glendale Bed & Breakfast

46 Coast Road, Cushendall, Ballymena
4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (19 reviews)

Located in Cushendall, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Curfew Tower and Red Bay Castle. Lurig Mountain is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

£54

£54
Glenn Eireann House

Glenn Eireann House

121 Tromra Road, Ballymena
3.5 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (31 reviews)

Located in Cushendun, this guesthouse is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Cushendun Beach and within 6 miles (10 km) of Curfew Tower and Ossian's Grave. Red Bay Castle and ...

£50

£50
Garron View Bed and Breakfast

Garron View Bed and Breakfast

14 Cloughs Road, Cushendall, Ballymena
4.0 out of 5.0
1 others viewing this property now
4.7 out of 5 (19 reviews)

Located in Cushendall, this bed & breakfast is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Curfew Tower and within 3 miles (5 km) of Red Bay Castle and Ossian's Grave. Lurig Mountain ...

£56

£56
Glenfield B&B

Glenfield B&B

141 Church Road, Ballymena
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 5 days ago
4.1 out of 5 (22 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 12 miles (20 km) of Slemish Mountain, ECOS Environmental Centre and Port of Larne. Gleno Waterfall is ...

£50

£50

Pocket Guide: Glenarm Castle Glenarm Castle Hotels

For more than 750 years there has been a castle at Glenarm and it remains today one of the few stately homes still used by a titled family. The Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce live at Glenarm Castle, but open up the house and gardens to the general public to enjoy the history of one of Ireland’s oldest families. The castle and walled garden have charmed countless visitors and have even become a venue for pop concerts. Glenarm is only a few miles from Ballymena and there are plenty of welcoming hotels, guesthouses, and family-run bed and breakfasts in the area to pick from.

The Long History of Glenarm Castle

Scottish noble John Bisset acquired the lands around Glenarm in 1242 after he was thrown out of Scotland for killing one of his rivals during a tournament. He built the first Glenarm Castle and part of its walls can still be seen at Glenarm village, in the old courthouse. The Bissets warred with the MacDonnell family, who eventually captured the castle and seized their lands. In 1626, Randle MacDonnell, the Earl of Antrim, decided to build a more magnificent home – the Glenarm Castle that has survived to the modern day.

The castle building is open to the public at set times of year, roughly once a month during the summer, although it is possible to arrange group visits. Inside, there are some excellent examples of Irish furniture dating back to the 17th Century and portraits of MacDonnells through the ages. Four-poster beds, classical columns and magnificent frescoed ceilings can all be seen inside.

The Walled Garden at Glenarm Castle

If you can’t make a guided tour of the castle or one of the open days, then Glenarm Castle’s walled garden is an easier option. The garden is open from Easter to the end of September and is one of the finest of its type in Northern Ireland. The garden was designed to be the castle’s kitchen garden, packed with fruit and vegetables, but now it has a cornucopia of flowers and plants in hundreds of varieties.

There are several key features. The Mount is a 15ft high grass dome from which you can enjoy views of the castle and the North Sea. The Yew Circle is a classical circular hedge around the herb garden that dates back to the 1820s. You’ll also see a delightful apple orchard, a greenhouse built nearly 200 years ago and a fountain and cascade.

Staying Close to Glenarm Castle

The delightful walled garden and impressive 17th century castle make Glenarm an excellent destination for anyone visiting County Antrim and Ballymena. There are lots of other attractions nearby, and of course lots of great hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. Expedia can help you choose the right one for you, with plenty of information here to make your selection. A visit to Glenarm Castle is sure to reward any visitor.