Ballygally ( ) is a village
and holiday resort in County Antrim, Northern Ireland which lies on the Antrim coast, approximately 3
miles north of Larne.
had a population of 714 in the 2001 Census
Places of interest
Notable features include a sandy beach and the distinct headland of
It is also
home to Ballygally Castle, reputed
to be the oldest occupied building in Ireland and with a
reputation for being haunted.
It sits in the middle of the
village and is currently used as a 4 star hotel. It was built around
1625 for James Shaw of Greenock and is one
of Ireland’s best-preserved Scottish baronial style plantation
Ballygalley, with its nearest shops being in Larne,
due to the shop being demolished last year to build flats, boasts
an holistic massage centre within a converted boat-house situated
on the beach, and restaurants and pubs such as The Halfway House
and The Meeting House
, which are all within
walking distance.Ballygalley beach is a popular destination for
families, teenagers and toddlers alike during the Summer
months.Situated 1-2 miles away is the Carnfunnock Country Park,
which offers a cafe, trailer park, a childrens park, go-cart
racing, clay pigeon shooting
mini-train rides, bungee runs, mini-golf
and nature at its best.
Ballygalley is classified as a small village or hamlet by the
and Research Agency (NISRA)
(ie with a population between 500
and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April
) there were 714 people living in
Ballygalley. Of these:
- 21.6% were aged under 16 and 22.1% were aged 60 and over
- 49.0% of the population were male and 51.0% were female;
- 27.9% were from a Catholic background
and 70.5% were from a Protestant
- 2.3% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
Ballygalley Head was (in 1983) the only recorded location of
from Northern Ireland.
- Maggs, C.A. and Guiry,M.D. 1987. Gelidiella calcicola sp. nov. (Rhodophyta) from the
British Isles and Northern France. Br. phycol. J.
22: 417 - 434. (Ref. Maggs, C.A. and Guiry,M.D.