Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Belfast Day 3 - Dunluce Castle



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Straight after our tiring and extensive visit to the Giant's Causeway, we headed to Dunluce Castle, which was just around 10 minutes away from the Causeway. Dunluce Castle is the ruins located at the very edge of a basalt outcropping in quiet and peaceful Antrim, Northern Ireland. Thought to be of extremely strategic importance, the Castle is separated from the mainland by steep cliffs and is connected by just a narrow bridge. A "mermaid's "cave" underneath the castle was thought to provide the occupants a route of escape.
The castle dates back to the 16-17th century.

10 comments:

Ikelah said...

siapa punye castle? england or irish? pernah jatuh ke tangan enemy? why is it important strategcally?

dr in the house said...

Nice pics again. Taken at good angles. Particularly liked the one with the malay princes sitting on the grass with yellow flowers, hehe.

Btw, excuse me but how do you pronounce Dunluce?? Silent n?

orangkilang said...

Thought to be of extremely strategic importance, the Castle is separated from the mainland by steep cliffs and is connected by just a narrow bridge. A "mermaid's cave" underneath the castle was thought to provide the occupants a route of escape.

mynn said...

you know what ikelah & o-k, i think the castle has been seized again and again so it has been in the possession of irish and scottish families. (sorry kalau silap fakta, we only vaguely remember the tour info). as O-K says, there's a 30 metres, steep cliff (by steep i mean 90 degrees steep) separating the castle and mainland. the cliff is 12 metres wide. also, when the tide is in, the castle would be surrounded by sea water (and the caves underneath would be flooded). so people from both the sea and mainland would find it difficult to invade the castle.

i was hoping my brother was able to explain more, and the text for the photos are still pending but he has a driving test today :)

dith
hehehehe mana dith dapat silent n ni hehehe. dunluce is pronounced "dune" + "loose". to me it sounds scottish. speaking of pronounciations kan, its amusing hearing my brother's english which is spoken in the local (irish) accent.

dr in the house said...

it's nice to have acquired all those accents. I have a patient who was from Sains KT and studied medicine in Cork. He came back for hols after 1 yr and he was talking with thick Irish accent. I think he got married when he was in his final yr. Forgot his name.

Ikelah said...

ic... now i understand. strategically placed but not of any strategic value to any kingdom either scots or irish i guess.

last photo, boleh buat poskad.

mynn said...

ikelah
every picture i took in ireland so far, i couldnt help but think only ikelah or paul moss could do the place justice. im not happy with any of the photos! i'm actually using my parents' sony camera. the date-stamp at the lower right corner is a real eye sore, grr. (probably the "right gear" could help slightly :p) also ive noticed three things :
1. it's really difficult to coordinate a large number of people into nice pictures
2. taking pictures of people and significant places diminish the niceness of the place somewhat. it's probably better to take picture of either one or the other, and display the two seperately.
3. it's WELL DIFFICULT to align pictures to appear straight.

btw - in that last picture you could see the mermaid's cave. it's the dark crevice outside of which a small group of people're gathered.

dith
i wonder what it is about ireland, but i kid you not, ramai undergraduates kat sini kahwin very early, mid-studies. (err, since i also got married mid-studies i suppose i'm NOT one to talk). my brother also has a thick irish accent - tak paham his english, err, irenglish.

orangkilang said...

hahaha.. kahwin awal sebab kat ireland tak ada benda lain nak buat kot... kalau kat england at least seronok sikit.. of course in your case you were in cardydd...so tak kira.. another tempat that people get married early..

Sherin Almashor said...

Nice pictures Mynn! I also like the solo pose by Mama Sarah. Kirim salam pada Mama Sarah.. Kinda miss her blog updates.:)

So nice to be there. My brother went to the Royal College of Surgeons but I never got a chance to visit him then.

mynn said...

O-K
LOL. betul jugak eh, good of me to speak of other places, cardiff tu sama jugak!

sherin
dont worry, mama sarah is back in good shape. she's recovering at the very moment, but im sure she'll be back to updating her blog with a vengeance from tomorrow. even I cant wait to hear mama sarah's slant/angle in telling the stories!