You’ll find the iconic ruins of Dunluce Castle perched on dramatic cliffs along County Antrim’s magnificent coastline.

A source of wanderlust for travellers the world over, the castles unique appearance and quirky history has seen it receive enormous attention online in recent years.

Its appearance in Game of Thrones alongside the Dark Hedges may have helped…

dunluce castle game of thrones

Photo by Matthew Woodhouse Photography

A brief history

Richard Óg de Burgh, the 2nd Earl of Ulster, built the first castle at Dunluce in the 13th centuary.

It was first recorded in the hands of the McQuillan family in 1513 and they occupied it for nearly three centuries until they were were overthrown by the MacDonnell family after several lost battles in the mid and late 16th century

Dunluce Castle served as the seat of the Earl of Antrim until in 1690 but since then it has deteriorated to the beautiful ruins seen below.

Dunluce Castle county antrim

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One stormy night…

According to legend, on a particularly stormy night in 1639, part of the kitchen next to the cliff face collapsed into the icy waters below.

Legend tells that when the kitchen dropped into the sea, only a kitchen boy survived, as he was sat in the corner of the kitchen which remained intact.

dunluce castle game of thrones

Photo by Chris Hill

See Dunluce Castle from the sky

There’s nothing like some drone footage to get a unique perspective of what a place looks like from every angle imaginable.

Here’s a cracking bit of footage that shows the castle as you’ve never seen it before!

Have you ever visited Dunluce Castle? It’s been on my Irish bucket list for a while! I’d love to hear some reviews from those of you who’ve see its rocky ruins up close!

Be sure to checkout our guide to visiting the best castles in Ireland if you’re looking to dive into the pass on your trip to Ireland.


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