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Clinging to a headland above the Irish Sea are the ruins of a medieval Irish castle. The dramatic sight offers a great photo opportunity!

The ancient Dunluce Castle was once a symbol of power, built at the edge of a basalt cliff overlooking the Irish Sea. During a storm in 1639, part of the castle fell into the sea and the building was abandoned. Today, the ruins on the edge of the cliffs are a dramatic sight. Dunluce Castle is a popular destination for photographers and those with an interest in history, nature and hiking.Historians date the castle back to the 14th century, but the earliest recorded history of the castle places it in the hands of the McQuillan family in the early 16th century. A village once surrounded the castle, but it burned down. You can still see evidence of the courtyard today.The castle is a photo opportunity not to be missed. Walk around the cliff face to frame the castle against the dramatic cliffs of the area. The picture becomes dramatic on a cloudy day, so bring your camera rain or shine!Enter the old walls to get a feel for the ambiance of medieval times. You can download a free smartphone app, which offers insightful information, maps and interactive activities for your visit. Perhaps a more charming way to see the castle is by taking a guided tour from the Visitor Centre. Listen to a local guide to learn a wealth of knowledge about the castle’s past and to hear gripping stories about its legendary ghosts. Take in the view over the Irish Sea from the castle before you do the scenic cliff-face walk. Avid hikers can continue to Bushmills. Dunluce Castle is a 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) drive or walk from Bushmills, which is about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of Belfast. There is free parking, but you pay to visit the ruins. The castle site is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas and New Year’s Days.

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