An iconic ruin of  a Castle, perched perilously upon the coastal cliffs of North Antrim. Dunluce Castle is an impressive and eye-catching sight, with a tumultuous backstory.

 

First built by the MacQuillan family around 1500, it was seized by the MacDonnell clan in the 1550's, who held onto it under the leadership of the famous warrior chieftain Sorely Boy MacDonnell during an era of violence and rebellion.

 

It wasn't until the 17th century, when Dunluce was the seat of the Earls of County Antrim that a small town was established, and recent archaeological digs  have uncovered cobbled streets and stone merchants’ houses, which visitors can explore.

 

The Castle makes for an impressive and picturesque stop along the Causeway Coastal Route, and shouldn't be missed.