Openings 50 ~ Dunluce Castle

Refurbished entrance to Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle, mentioned in A Tour of Ireland ~ Episode 30, is one of the most romantic and dramatic ruins clinging perilously on rocky cliffs.

Half hidden in a mist on the cliffs

Most of the fortifications date from 16th & 17th centuries.  It was once the headquarters of the  Mc Donnell Clan.

Constantly fought over, it eventually succumbed to the power of nature, when half of the kitchens fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639.

After the fall

Holy heathens, I am glad that I was not around and peeling the potatoes for dinner that day!  The castle was abandoned shortly afterwards.

It provides plenty of ‘openings’ for me to share.

These photos are all from my archives – different visits & years, in the days before I heard of blogging.

9 thoughts on “Openings 50 ~ Dunluce Castle

  1. gigi-hawaii

    Interesting! I feel the same way about those kitchens! Here in Hawaii, there are no castles, but there are 2 palaces on the island of Oahu: Iolani Palace and Queen Emma’s Summer Palace.

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  2. paulo1

    I can’t help but think that the third picture is open to interpretation, strictly on Rorshachian level. N’est pas ?

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  3. Grannymar Post author

    Gigi – I love scrambling about in old ruins.

    Paulo1 – I didn’t actually think of that. 😉

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  4. Debra

    Just amazingly beautiful to me! When I see a castle with this beauty and age I almost think movie set…it’s hard for me to visualize it as real! I enjoy it when you share a bit of history!

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  5. Grannymar Post author

    Debra – It was very much real with kitchens, a great hall, a fireplace and the long heavy clothes of the age.

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