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Ballygally is a fairly small, sandy beach that is popular with both locals and tourists who come here to enjoy a paddle during the summer months and for fishing during the rest of the year. This is also 'Game of Thrones' country with some scenes being filmed around this area of the County Antrim coast.
At the western end of the beach, a small stream runs into the sea and the beach becomes rockier. Young explorers may enjoy searching in the rock pools for marine wildlife.
In the village centre there is a car park across the road from the beach. Public toilets can also be found here, and a large children’s playground is located across Croft Road at the far end of the car park. The beach can be accessed via a long ramp. Further parking can be found along Coast Road to the east of the beach.
Towering over the beach, are the Scottish baronial-style turrets of Ballygally Castle Hotel, the oldest occupied building in Ireland, and supposedly a haunted castle.
Dogs must be kept on a lead on the beach between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm from the beginning of June until the end of August, plus all public holidays, and any other times when the beach is busy. Dog bins are provided.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)
- Good fishing
- Childrens play area
- Town centre nearby
- Pub nearby