Dunluce Castle is located in Bushmills in county Antrim. This is one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic castles and it’s image is used extensively to market Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This was a perfect defensive location to build a castle as access and escape could be restricted by either crossing the narrow bridge or by using the underground sea cave. These are the remains of a castle built by the MacDonnell clan in the 16th and 17th centuries however the outer walls and the round towers were built by the MacQuillan’s in the 14th century. The gatehouse at the end of the bridge is similar to ones found in Scotland which shows the close links. The original gatehouse was destroyed by the Lord Deputy of Ireland, Sir John Perrot, using cannon in 1584. There are also two openings in the old gatehouse wall which were designed for cannons that Sorely Boy MacDonnell salvaged from a Spanish Armada galleon called the Girona which sank nearby during the storms of 1588. On the grassy area beside the castle are the remains of 3 terraces, a bowling green, stables, a corn drying kiln and lodgings that were used for important visitors. There are also remains of a manor house which had a great hall built in 1630. There is a famous story that occurred in 1639 when part of the kitchen fell into the sea and killed many of the kitchen staff during a lavish dinner party. In 1973 the castle also appeared on the multi-million selling Led Zeppelin album ‘Houses of the Holy’.