The light was beginning to fade as we left the Giant’s Causeway and we had yet to find accommodation for the night. Heading to Portrush to do just that, we diverted to investigate Dunluce Castle. The ruins of the medieval castle perch precariously on the edge of a cliff and are reached by a bridge connecting it to safer ground.
The first castle at Dunluce was built in the 13th century by the 2nd Earl of Ulster. In the 16th century, Sorley Boy McDonnell arrived from Scotland and based himself at Dunluce Castle, consolidating his territories in both Ireland and Scotland.
He certainly couldn’t complain about the view.
There is a pathway leading down to the cove, looking back at the castle gives a rather startling perspective.
There is a story that the castle was abandoned in the 17th century after the kitchen , along with the kitchen staff, fell into the sea when the cliff face collapsed. It’s easy to believe but apparently a myth, as paintings from the 18th and early 19th centuries show that end of the castle intact.
There are caves under the castle, although we didn’t venture that far.
The north wall of the residence building collapsed into the sea sometime in the 18th century, I wonder how long before this one follows?
Wonderful, reminds me of those books I used to read as a child about ancient castles, pirates, smugglers and secret passages from the caves up into the castle!
I can imagine all those things here, especially the smugglers.