The limestone cliffs of the White Rocks end abruptly against a dark basalt outcrop majestically crowned by Dunluce Castle and joined to the mainland by an arched walkway. Underneath is the Mermaid's Cave with it's haunting legend of a lost soldier taken to the deep by a beautiful mermaid, other stories tell of smugglers and Spanish treasure being hauled from boats in the secrecy of the cave. Dunluce Castle is one of our heritage gems, its outline provides an iconic view of this part of the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the 'must see' views along the designated tourist drive. It is frequently quoted as being one of Ireland most romantic castle locations. The castle has seen many additions to its original structure over the centuries, it fell into disrepair after the last resident, Randall McDonnell, the second Earl of Antrim moved to Ballymagarry House in the mid 1600s. In 1745 Ballymagarry House was destroyed by fire and the seat of the Earl's of Antrim moved to iit's present location at Glenarm Castle. Close by is the ancient ruins of St. Cuthbert's named after a Northumbrian monk, it is also the possible burying place of sailors and noblemen from the Spanish Armada. On a clear day you can look over an expanse of ocean from here to Donegal and round to Islay. It was within this vista that the tragedy of the emigrant ship the 'Exmouth' took place in April, 1857, bound for Quebec, she spent three days in horrendous sea conditions before finally breaking up on rocks off Islay with the loss of 240 lives.
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