Dunluce Castle

Artist(s) : James Howard Burgess (Draughtsman)

View of Dunluce Castle, with sea in the background.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Drawn by J. H. Burgess. Pub[lishe]d by M. Ward, Belfast
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Dunluce Castle, Co: Antrim.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Forts and fortifications, Marines
Geographical Location
  • Dunluce Castle - Castle
  • Antrim - County
  • Ulster - Province
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14.5 cm x 23 cm
Published / created 1853

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Illustrations of the North of Ireland
Note Drawn by James Howard Burgess.
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 43
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 91411
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

THE Ruins of Dunluce Castle stand on a perpendicular rock, 100 feet above the level of the sea, and not surrounded by water, but united to the mainland by a rocky ledge, not much higher than the ocean;–Its entire surface is so completely occupied by the edifice that the external walls of the Castle are in continuation with the perpendicular sides of the rock, and in some places hang over it, where the hand of time has crumbled away the foundations. Beneath this rock is a cave, penetrating completely through from the sea, and may easily be entered by a small aperture close to the ledge of rocks before mentioned; it is well worthy of a visit, on account of its remarkable echo when the water is smooth. The castle was formerly entered from mainland, by a draw-bridge, supported by two parallel walls about 8 feet asunder; at present, only one of these arches remain, not more than 14 inches in thickness; and to walk along its summit over the awful chasm below, is the only means now left of gaining access to the Castle, but which will well repay the adventurous tourists, as the view from the ruins, sea-ward, forms one of the most picturesque and commanding landscapes along the whole line of coast, more particularly the side facing the White Rocks. The early history of this Castle is involved in obscurity, and little known of it earlier than the 15th century. Since that period, it has been the scene of many sieges and battles; and deeds of the blackest treachery have been perpetuated in its halls. It is about two miles from Portrush, six from the Giant’s Causeway, and seven from Coleraine. [p. 42]
Dunluce Castle