DiCamillo Companion

Dunluce Castle

  • House & Family History: Dunluce was the ancestral home and stronghold of the MacDonnell family, later earls of Antrim. The House is dramatically situated at the end of a rocky promontory that juts out into the sea. The oldest part of Dunluce probably dates from the 13th century, but it was successively added to and altered over the centuries, acquiring a Scottish flavor along the way. As was common with many castles, it was adapted as a country house before it was abandoned by the family after the Civil Wars. Dunluce is today a ruin.

  • Title: Guide to Irish Country Houses, A
    Author: Bence-Jones, Mark
    Year Published: 1988
    Reference: pg. 116
    Publisher: London: Constable and Company
    ISBN: 0094699909
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Monument in State Care

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "Your Highness" (2011).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, 13th century. McQuillan (MacQuillan) family, 16th century. Sorely Boy MacDonnell, late 16th century; Alexander MacDonnell, 3rd Earl of Antrim, 17th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: Dunluce is in the care of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 02820-731-938

    Email: dunluce.castle@communities-ni.gov.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No