Dunluce Ruins Inspiration for Cair Paravel and House Greyjoy

Dunluce Ruins Inspiration for Cair Paravel and House Greyjoy

The abandoned castle Dunluce resides along Dunluce Road (A2), right on the cliff side of the Atlantic Ocean, village of Bushmills, County Antrim, Ireland.

Dunluce Ruins Inspiration for Cair Paravel and House Greyjoy

The MacQuillan family first documented the enchanting castle seen today on the steep basalt cliff sides in 1500. Dún Libhse (as it is known in Irish) has rumors of a Banshee haunting when the kitchens are said to have fallen into the sea during a stormy night in 1639. However, this cannot be so as the kitchen remains can be seen intact next to the castle.

A galleass from the Spanish Armada wrecked during a storm on rocks nearby. The cannons from the ship, Girona, were installed in the gatehouses.

Dunluce Ruins Inspiration for Cair Paravel and House Greyjoy

The castle served as the seat of the Earl of Antrim until 1690. After the Battle of the Boyne, it was abandoned, scavenged and has been deteriorating ever since.

Some time during the 18th century the north wall to the residence fell into the sea.

Dún Libhse ruins are open to visitors Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am – 3:30pm.

The castle has served many an enchanting thought including : C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, Cair Paravel, ‘Raven’s Keep’ in the movie, The Medallion and as the dilapidated Castle Pyke, Seat of House Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.

Dunluce Ruins Inspiration for Cair Paravel and House Greyjoy

It is controlled by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

Where are the inspiring abandoned ruins of Dunluce Castle located? You can find it with these coordinates. 55.211236, -6.579173.

Dunluce Ruins Inspiration for Cair Paravel and House Greyjoy

Images 1 by Johan Wieland/FlickrCC. Image 2 by Brian Kelley/FlickrCC. Image 3 by Cavin/FlickrCC. Image 4 by Staurt Caie/FlickrCC.

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