Dunluce Castle, County Antrim
Walking around inside this now ruined medieval castle is a fascinating experience. You can’t have a trip to Northern Ireland without visiting Dunluce castle. It is located on the edge of a basalt outcropping in County Antrim (between Portballintrae and Portrush), and is accessible via an arched walkway like a bridge, connecting it to the mainland. It is only when you walk down and cross the bridge into the castle courtyard that you realize how large the castle layout actually is.
The castle is surrounded by extremely steep drops on either side, which may have been an important factor to the early Christians and Vikings who were drawn to this place where an early Irish fort once stood.
Over the years many changes and additions have occurred to the original structure - inside you will find Norman, Scottish, English and European architectural influences.
The castle is today under the care of the NIEA (Northern Ireland Environment Agency) to be preserved as a National Monument. It is obviously a constant process to maintain and preserve such a large artefact of our past and the Department have done this exceptionally well.
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