Photographer's Note

Pictured here is Dunluce Castle, on the North Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland.

The site is the ruins of a medieval castle, perched on a rocky basalt outcrop, and accessible only by a bridge (visible on left). It is surrounded by extremely sharp cliffs on all sides, which lead down to the rocks and crashing sea below. This was most likely what drew early Christians and Vikings to this site, where an important Irish fortress once stood.

The first ever castle was built here in the 13th century by Richard De Burgh, and is first documented in 1513. The oldest part of the castle seen here today are two very large drum towers about 30 feet in diameter, which are both remainders of the original stronghold built here by the McQuillan family.

The castle later became home to the chief of the Mac Donnell Clan of Antrim who rebuilt a large part of it in the Scottish style, including the fine ruined mansion in the center of the main building.

At one point, the entire kitchens of the castle collapsed and crashed into the sea far below. According to legend, the only survivor from the kitchens was a small boy who was seated in a small corner, the only part that did not collapse.

Dunluce Castle served as the seat of the Earl of Antrim until the impoverishment of the MacDonnells in 1690, following the Battle of the Boyne. Since that time, the castle has deteriorated and parts were scavenged to serve as materials for nearby buildings. Today, it is a major tourist attraction in the town, and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful castles on the island of Ireland.

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