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.
Thanks for looking!
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psamaddar (1089) 2013-07-21 8:53
Very nice capture of the castle with the falling rays of sun light..good shot here.
pajaran (64340) 2013-07-21 9:55
Dobar dan, popodne.
Vrlo interesantan tekst o starom dvorcu, sa istorijom i legendom ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazana rusevina dvorca i trenutak sa suncevim zracima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan trenutak.
Ostala je rusevina i secanje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Very interesting article about the old castle, with history and legend ...
Good composition and perspective, nicely demonstrated the ruins of the castle, and a moment of sunlight ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful moment shown.
She stayed rubble and memories.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
Fis2 (103798) 2013-07-21 12:49
Beautiful ruins, beautiful sky.
Good frame and interesting colours.
Photo has climate.
marabu61 (11229) 2013-07-21 14:50
Wonderful atmosphere here, the golden rays of the sun peeking through the stormy sky and illuminating the impressive ruins below are gorgeous.
Lucky kitchen boy I d'say though.
have a good start to the new week
jcpix (13930) 2013-07-21 17:21
Yikes, who would have ever though it would be deadly to spend time in the kitchen? Well, I guess that depends on who's doing the cooking!? :) My envy abounds when I see your pictures like this...I mean, the ruined castle is impressive enough, but you throw in a sunset like that...with your skills to manage the light, and wow...what a beauty once more! You've not only presented an intriguing subject, but you've captured atmosphere that just grabs the attention of anyone taking a look!
At the risk of going overboard here, there's just something Godlike about rays of sun bursting through the clouds...I don't know, maybe I've seen too many movies where it's depicted under that pretense...but darnit if I want to "go to the light!" :) It does wonders too for the hills in the background, aiding in the depth. Very well done! Enjoy the new week ahead.
Hope that heat has subsided. We actually had rain for the first time in a long, long time over the last two days. Are we in an alternate universe right now??
bukitgolfb301 (44200) 2013-07-21 19:47
Hi dear Noel
Great shot! Nice usage of delicate sun light that is leaked from thick clouds. Very fantastic image for deserted regacy.
Thanks a lot and have a good new start! Takero
Sonata11 (33971) 2013-07-21 21:57
this composition of architecture and surroundings is absolutely beautiful, amazing sky. Fantastic executed image. AWESOME !!!! Tfs. I like it a lot.
All the best,
snunney (104607) 2013-07-22 3:40
The sunburst through the clouds is the icing on the cake. The view on the castle in silhouette creates an air of mystery. An image with a palpable atmosphere.
delpeoples (59426) 2013-07-22 3:46
Gidday dear Noel
Wow, those rays shining through the clouds like that are enough to make a gal go to Mass! What a decisive moment you've captured and it's been captured so skilfully. The colours are delightful, you did a great job here as I see it wasn't easy shooting into the sun like that. Your subject matter is sensational, this castle is so historic and looks right out of a Celtic legend. Amazing work. Thanks for sharing.
Have a lovely day
PS: Poor old Donegal, and all I've got to show for it is a hangover and lack of sleep ;)
Miguel82 (27648) 2013-07-22 8:30
A famous place with cold winds I have never the opportunity to visit Noel,
Very mystic localisation
nikkitta (17068) 2013-07-22 11:00
First thanks for your comments and adding me at your favorites, super kind indeed
Second a good and informative note about the castle (like historical ones)
Third good the way you capture it with the storming sky and the sun falling quite in a theatrical way
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-07-22 11:05
Hello Noel - This castle looks like the stuff that myths and legends grow up around. Perched high up on a seemingly inaccessible cliff top, it must have been quite a bleak and drafty place to live, albeit a safe one most of the time! You say the first castle on this site was built by Richard De Burgh, any relation to the singer Chris De Burgh do you think?
I think you've done well here with the very tricky light. The rays cut through the clouds dramatically and form a colourful counterpoint to the grim remains of the castle. As always a well researched note. Warm regards Rosemary
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-07-22 22:57
the ruins of the Castle are for me equally beautiful as the scenery itself.Beautiful,golden rays of sun coming through the clouds bring lovely mood to the scene and contrast nicely to the dark,dramatic sky around.It makes the atmosphere of the whole scene really unique.Again you mastered excellently difficult light to achive such amazing visual effect.
Well done my friend!
ourania (49771) 2013-07-23 10:06
this picture is beautiful and fascinating and seeing this suggestive view under a most dramatic lighting, one would believe any legend or story about the castle. Its history is long and amazing anyway. I like very much the dark or pale tones and the striking contrast of the warm light. The height of the cliffs, the sense of space around the castle and the lighting make the ruined castle look even more mysterious and its details become even more intriguing and precious. A superb presentation, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
macjake (70967) 2013-07-24 4:20
yes, i remember the story of the small boy who escaped his death by being in the corner.
you posted a similar shot before, but this time we get to see the small bridge on the left.
Can you imagine how this must have looked at its peak!?
I really am intrigued by this ruin and castle history.
to build it to close to the cliff edge must have been so brilliant, yet also so stupid at the same time! lol
amazing piece of history.
abmdsudi (57112) 2013-07-24 8:36
Extremely dramatic light in the sky! You did your utmost to control the exposure to the best of your abliity I beleive, although i feel that there's a slight over exposure up there but the main attraction is still the delightful sun beam, an eye grabber making the shot. Great to view some highlights in the eerie shadow areas resulting in an overall pleasnt result nevertheless. Credit to your never ending attempts in challeging the most extreme light conditions - the more yuu shoot the more you learn! Beauty of mother nature and surreal at the same time. Lovely shot, Congrats TFS
EstudioChispa (2178) 2013-07-24 14:06
This is a stunning image in so many respects, but for me the photographic highlight (the geographic highlight is the fabulous sense of place!!!) is the transition from gold to blue in the sky. Simply awesome.
mesutilgim (96702) 2013-07-26 12:03
I'd missed this great capture. A scene as if out of a fairy tale !
TFS and have a nice weekend
Indrasish (2943) 2013-07-27 7:04
Great shot here.. Like the composition of this ruin castle and the sunbeams.. Everything placed in perfect.. The sky was awesome when you clicked this one.. Superb image quality too.. And thanks for your informative note.. Very well done..
Good night and wish you all the best..
rigoletto (34279) 2013-07-31 12:27
a sophisticated gothic landscape for sure. suits very well to what i have in mind about those lands. well done.
adores (46297) 2013-08-15 16:15
Another impressive castle in ruins. This is surely a great place to be visited and you captured a good moment with the sun rays passing through the clouds.
Is this near the Dark Hedges?
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (33036)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-24
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-21 8:19
- Favorites: 1 [view]