If you plan to visit the north coast of Northern Ireland then one of the places that you must go and see is Dunluce castle. The castle outlooks over the sea and contains stunning views and scenery.
Dunluce castle is on a cliff-edge, surrounded by steep drops and can be accessed via cliff. In days gone by this gave it a strong defensive position against invaders.
It was first mentioned in the fourteenth century and was likely built in the thirteenth century. The castle back then was owned by Richard de Burgh in the Earldom of Ulster who were of Norman descent.
The first written record of Dunluce Castle was in the 1500’s which showed it was owned by the MacQuillan family. In the 16th century MacDonald family eventually became the owners after facing a power struggle with the MacQuillans'.
Dunluce castle became the MacDonalds' permanent residence under Sorley Boy MacDonald until 1639 when the kitchen and seven of the cooks fell into the sea.
The 1641 Irish rebellion saw the Irish Army besiege the Castle and Dunluce village was burned down. The Earl of Antrim reoccupied the Castle in 1666, and lived there to his death in 1983. The MacDonalds' family abandoned the castle 1690 at the time of the battle of the Boyne.
Today, Dunluce Castle still belongs to the MacDonalds', however it is managed by the Northern Irish Environment Agency.
Dunluce castle has its own guided tours and coffee room for visitors.
|Child under 4 years||Free|
|Family (Up to 5 members)||£13|
|Group Rate (size of 10+, must pre-book)||£3|
|Open 7 days per week||10:00 to 17:00|