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Dunluce Castle

Dramatically located on a steep headland that plunges straight into the sea off the North Antrim coast, Dunluce Castle is the ruined former home of the legendary MacDonnell clan.

Thanks to its important defensive position, Dunluce Castle was constantly fought over, changing hands many times until one night in 1639, when a violent storm saw part of the structure crash down into the sea below. The castle was abandoned shortly after, and evidence suggests further bad luck befell the village located here when a fire destroyed it just a few years later in 1641.

It’s thought the castle, which is connected to the mainland via a footbridge, was built as far back as the 13th Century and was an important site for both Vikings and early Christians.

Today, the castle still belongs to the MacDonnell family, although the estate is managed by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Visitors to this part of the Antrim coast can take an audiovisual tour where they can view animations of what the castle would once have looked like, as well as taking in the stunning views of the castle itself, set against the dramatic backdrop of the North Atlantic.

As one of the most iconic and important monuments in Northern Ireland, Dunluce Castle’s precarious position on a craggy outcrop off the Antrim coast exemplifies an important part in the history of this corner of the country.


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Portrush Atlantic Hotel

Portrush Atlantic Hotel

73 Main Street, Co Antrim, Portrush, Northern Ireland
     
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of Portrush, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Waterworld and 1.6 mi (2.7 km) from Royal Portrush Golf Club. Portrush East Strand Beach and Portrush West Strand Beach are also within 10 minutes. Portrush Station is 7 minutes by foot.

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    Bayview Hotel

    Bayview Hotel

    2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Bushmills, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle and Giant's Causeway. Portrush East Strand Beach and Ballintoy Harbour are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      The Open 2019 Yippee Boutique Campsite
      The Open 2019 Yippee Boutique Campsite

      The Open 2019 Yippee Boutique Campsite

         
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Portrush, this tentalow is within 2 miles (3 km) of White Rocks Beach, Dunluce Castle and Royal Portrush Golf Club. Portrush East Strand Beach and Dunluce Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Yippee Tents - The Open Boutique Campsite
        Yippee Tents - The Open Boutique Campsite

        Yippee Tents - The Open Boutique Campsite

           
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Portrush, this campsite is within 3 miles (5 km) of White Rocks Beach, Royal Portrush Golf Club and Dunluce Castle. Portrush East Strand Beach and Dunluce Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Yippee Tents - The Open Boutique Campsite
          Yippee Tents - The Open Boutique Campsite

          Yippee Tents - The Open Boutique Campsite

             
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            Situated in Portrush, this campsite is within 3 miles (5 km) of White Rocks Beach, Royal Portrush Golf Club and Dunluce Castle. Portrush East Strand Beach and Dunluce Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            The Bushmills Inn £170
            The Bushmills Inn

            The Bushmills Inn

            9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Bushmills Distillery, Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle. Royal Portrush Golf Club and White Rocks Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              View of the Bay Portballintrae
              View of the Bay Portballintrae

              View of the Bay Portballintrae

              20 Bayview Apartments, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Bushmills, this residence is close to Old Bushmills Distillery, Giant's Causeway, and Dunluce Castle. Area attractions also include Royal Portrush Golf Club and White Rocks Beach.

                4 Bedroom Townhouse Portballintrae Near Giants Causeway and Bushmills
                4 Bedroom Townhouse Portballintrae Near Giants Causeway and Bushmills

                4 Bedroom Townhouse Portballintrae Near Giants Causeway and Bushmills

                51-53 Beach Road, No 7 The Anchorage, Portballintrae, Northern Ireland
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Bushmills, this historic holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Bushmills Distillery, Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle. Royal Portrush Golf Club and White Rocks Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).