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Dunluce Castle is a 13th Century castle situated just off the road between Portrush and the next town down, Portballintrae. It’s a ruin, however, it’s a great place to visit given it’s location on the edge of the cliff and it’s incredible picturesque setting. The battles between the various clans meant that the castle changed hands many times. Famously the Girona, one of the ships from the Spanish Armada, was shipwrecked on the rocks nearby – the plunder paid for castle improvements and two of the cannons were installed in the gatehouse.

At sunset you can get a lovely photo from the road with the setting sun as a backdrop. And if you’re tracing your family roots whilst you’re here and your surname is McQuillan, McDonald, McDonnell or de Burgh (yes, as in ‘Lady in Red’ singer Chris de Burgh – his ancestor Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster built the place!) – you can see where your ancestors once lived! If you manage to take any amazing photos, please share tagged with #causewaycoast.

Dunluce Castle

Take a virtual tour of Dunluce!

Thomas McVea at has kindly provided us with a free virtual tour of Dunluce Castle below. Thanks Thomas! Please head to his site for more great 360 tours of NI and Ireland.