Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland
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AirVuz contributor Portrushgetaway brings us this excellent drone video of Dunluce Castle, an important landmark in Northern Ireland. The castle is situated on an outcrop in County Antrim, the northernmost of the six counties of Northern Ireland. It dates to the 13th century, undergoing substantial modification in the 16th century. Dunluce Castle has earned numerous cultural references; perhaps most famously, it appeared on HBO's hit series Game of Thrones as Harrenhall, the largest castle in the mythical land of Westeros.
Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland. Game of Thrones film location. The iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim by the MacQuillan family around 1500, the earliest written record of the castle was in 1513. It was seized by the ambitious MacDonnell clan in the 1550s, who set about stamping their mark on the castle under the leadership of the famous warrior chieftain Sorely Boy MacDonnell during an era of violence, intrigue and rebellion. In the 17th century Dunluce was the seat of the earls of Antrim and saw the establishment of a small town in 1608. Visitors can explore the findings of archaeological digs within the cobbled streets and stone merchants’ houses of the long-abandoned Dunluce Town. The dramatic history of Dunluce is matched by tales of a banshee and how the castle kitchens fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639.