Dunluce Castle and White Rocks Beach on the North Coast of Ireland, UK

September 22, Tuesday, late afternoon.

Dunluce Castle—Around path down to the cave—Into the Castle and museum—To White Rocks Beach—Dunluce Castle photos from the tour bus stop

Dunluce Castle ruins are worth a stop on the north coast of Northern Ireland.

Dunluce Castle ruins in Ireland, UKAt first we weren’t sure whether or not to pay to go into the castle, especially since it could be seen from a nearby path that wound partway around the grounds.
A cave below the Dunluce Castle ruins in Ireland, UKFrom what we could see from the path we were intrigued enough to pay to go in.
Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland, UK The castle shield.
A shield from the Dunluce Castle Museum in Northern Ireland, UK A drawing of how Dunluce Town and the castle may have looked in the 17th century.Notes on Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland, UK The current castle ruins.
Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland, UK Much of the castle was built of the same hexagonal basalt rocks found in Giant’s Causeway just to the east.Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland, UK showing the hexagonal stones quarried from the Giant's Causeway Among other things the small on-site museum has this Celtic flag.A Celtic flag at the Dunluce Castle Museum in Northern Ireland, UKFor me, the best thing about going into the castle wasn’t the well-kept ruins but the views, like this one looking down on where we had been walking earlier.
View from Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland, UK This view of the sea mist settling down on the countryside was west, looking up.View from Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland, UK The view of the white cliffs to the west was especially spectacular, and had us wondering if there was a beach anywhere nearby and how could we get down to it after we left the castle.
View from Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland, UK Google maps showed an access point at White Rocks Beach. The route down to the beach was strewn with daisies.
A mass of daisies from our White Rocks Coastal Walk in Northern Ireland, UKThe beach was edged with white rock cliffs; up close they turned out to be weathered flint.
White Rocks Coastal Park in Northern Ireland, UK Two exposed pieces of flint.
The white rocks of White Rocks Coastal Park in Northern Ireland, UK are flint stones with a white coating from weatheringAfter a long walk along the beach we were ready to head back.

The beach from our White Rocks Coastal Walk in Northern Ireland, UK Earlier we had noticed a series of tour buses all stopping at this pull-out where they disgorged masses of passengers for a quick photo-shoot of Dunluce Castle. Of course this meant hundreds of people all with the same photos.
Bus Tour 'Photostop' at Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland, UKOr may not. The artist who did this etching way back when must have stood in the same spot as all the bus passengers.
Etching of Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland, UKHere are our two views from the bus pull-out. This one is Al’s.
Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland, UK showing the hexagonal stones quarried from the Giant's Causeway in the evening light And this one is mine.
Dunluce Castle on the north Irish coast at sunset

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11 responses to “Dunluce Castle and White Rocks Beach on the North Coast of Ireland, UK

  1. I went there last summer and it was raining and closed so I missed out on detail. This was one of my moms favorite spots though. She had a connection with it. Thanks for the lovely photos.

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