Dunluce Castle dating back to the 13th century was the main fortress of the MacDonnells, chiefs of Antrim, from 1620 following what came to be known as the ‘Flight of the Earls’ when the Irish nobles fled to Europe in 1607. They built a grand Renaissance-style manor house within original walls. Part of the castle collapsed into the sea in 1639, taking seven servants with it.
It’s possible to cross a narrow bridge leading from the mainland courtyard to the fortress itself, but the gap below is not for the faint of heart. The ruins of Dunluce Castle can be seen from points east and west along the coast. They are perched on a steep headland and appear spooky in such a desolate location, roofless and alone.
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
After detouring away from the Causeway Coast to the town of Bushmills to get gas for our car, we headed back north the short distance necessary to get a glimpse of Dunluce Castle. It would have been grand to stop in for a tour of what some claim to be the world’s oldest distillery. A wee nip of the Old Bushmills whiskey would have put a tiger in our tank too.
I admired the photograph of Dunluce Castle in our guidebook and though we didn’t have time to stop for a walk across the bridge, I wanted to try and get a photo similar to the one I had seen. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the long lenses, the best afternoon light or the courage to perch myself on another craggy outcropping in order to take the difficult shot.