Dún Lios
County Antrim

While looking at Dunluce Castle you inevitably think of a fantasy epic à la Tolkien. It is simply impressive how the ruins are enthroned on a rock above the sea.

Dunluce Castle was built in the 14th century and was often the playground of rival powers. Destruction and sieges were the norm. The exposed location also took its toll. In 1639, on a stormy night, a washed-up rock broke into the sea and tore down the kitchen and servant wings. 8 cooks lost their lives. After the Battle of Boyne in 1690, the influence of the McDonells increasingly declined, who subsequently withdrew from Dunluce. This was the beginning of the end.

To visit the ruins, the path leads over a wooden bridge into a spacious courtyard. The size of the castle is surprising when one moves within the ruins. Outside the castle, a path leads down to the foot of the rock on which the ruins are located. From here you can see the sea through the washed out rock. The cave is called Mermaid’s Cave.