Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

I asked Sue for the first travel-related thing that came into her head when I said the word Green. “Ireland’, she replied, without hesitation, invoking memories of one of our earliest trips together, back in 2002.

scan0005Our very first stop upon arriving on the Emerald Isle was Dunluce Castle. This medieval fortress occupies a stunning location on the North Antrim coast, less than five miles west of the Giant’s Causeway. It perches 100 feet above the sea, atop a headland of sheer basalt cliffs, and is only accessible by means of a bridge.

scan0001The oldest archaeological evidence of human habitation at Dunluce dates from the 10th Century. The current castle was begun during the late 13th or early 14th Centuries by Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, although historical records indicate that it was in the hands of the MacQuillan Clan by 1513.

scan0002Ownership of Dunluce Castle passed to the MacDonnell Clan in 1565, after they twice defeated the MacQuillans in battle. Despite temporarily losing the castle more than once, the MacDonnells own Dunluce to this day, even though the building was abandoned in the late 17th Century.

scan0003Beneath the castle is a large sea cavern, known as Mermaid’s Cave.

scan0004In 1588, the Girona, one of the ships from the ill-fated Spanish Armada, was wrecked on the nearby cliffs. More recently, Dunluce Castle has been used as the basis for the House of Greyjoy in the TV series Game of Thrones.

scan0006This post was inspired by the theme Green from Cee (of Cee’s Photography). Apologies for these images being of a lower quality than normal, but our visit to Ireland pre-dated Rich’s first digital camera, so these are scans of actual photographs.

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26 Responses to Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Beautiful greens!! I adore you photos this week.

  2. Agnes says:

    The Irish landscape is very beautiful. The ruins of the Dunluce Castle are impressive. I didn’t know that it has been used as the basis for the House of Greyjoy. I like the TV series Game of Thrones. 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    Such beautiful scenery! You really captured the beauty of the landscape, Jaspa. 🙂

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  5. jpeggytaylor says:

    The Emerald Isle! … what a great choice for this week’s challenge! ‘Real film’ photos have their own charm I think – I enjoyed the images and your Irish tale 🙂

  6. Leya says:

    Gorgeous – its understandable why this is called the Emerald isle!

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  8. lumar1298 says:

    Gorgeous scenery…

  9. Cee Neuner says:

    Congratulations! I have selected your post to be featured on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.
    http://ceenphotography.com/2014/10/28/cees-fun-foto-challenge-bare-feet-andor-shoes/
    I hope you are having a wonderful week.

  10. I love these ruins and the green of Ireland.

  11. Congratulations! on being one of Cee’s featured bloggers. Ireland is on my bucket list and this place looks amazing 🙂

    • Jaspa says:

      Thanks, Iris! Dunluce is definitely worth a visit. And the Giant’s Causeway is just couple of miles away, too! I still have a lot of unfinished business in Ireland.

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  13. maddmombetty says:

    I love Ireland. And now I remember you…from KidLit! I love your work. Your photos are amazing!

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