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2001-06-07: Dunluce Castle

At about 3pm, Muna and I left Portrush on the A2, heading east this time. After a short drive, we stopped at Dunluce Castle which I had already seen from a distance on the previous day. Shortly after our arrival, a tour bus full of German tourists departed and we practically had the ruins for ourselves.

The castle is located on a basalt stack surrounded by the sea and connected to the mainland only by a small bridge. The round towers and outer walls of the castle date back to the 14th century while the buildings inside were erected mainly in the 16th and 17th century. During a stormy night in 1639, a part of the cliff collapsed, taking a part of the castle kitchens with it, leading to the loss of that night’s dinner and the lives of several kitchen staff.

# Tuesday June 3, 2003 · AndrĂ© Radke