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Dunseverick in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
 

Dunseverick Castle

Causeway Coastal Route

 
 
Dunseverick Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 16, 2012
1. Dunseverick Castle Marker
Inscription.

Dunseverick Castle and its rocky peninsula were given to the National Trust in 1962 by farmer Jack McCurdy.

The term Dun (fort) indicates a royal site. This was the fort of Sobhairce. It may have been a royal stronghold in the Iron Age (around 500 B.C.) and traditionally was one of the great duns of Ireland.

St. Patrick reputedly visited Dunseverick in the 5th Century. The extensive earthworks on the headland may be the remains of the royal fort from which the Antrim kingdom of Dalriada was ruled in the Early Christian period. It was attacked and captured by Vikings in 871 and later destroyed by them in 926.

The ruined 16th century stone tower remains from the period of struggles for supremacy between the main families - the MacDonnells, O'Neills, O'Cahans and MacQuillans.

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The Eider, a large sea duck, inhabits the bays along this coast all the year round. The male is black and white, the female brown. In summer, the male moults to a similar colour to the female. The female rears her young alone on nearby islands and below isolated headlands. She lines her nest warmly with feathers plucked from her own breast. This is the well known Eider-down.

From spring through to autumn, the coarse grasslands of the cliff tops and slopes
Dunseverick Castle and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 16, 2012
2. Dunseverick Castle and Marker
Marker to far right of photo
may be sprinkled with mainly cream canopies of a range of flower species belonging to the family Umbelliferae. The umbel is the name for the clustered arrangement of the flowers Alexanders in April (favouring road verges), Pignut in May, Hogweed in June, Wild Carrot in July, Angelica in August and Yarrow throughout summer to autumn, some remaining in bloom into winter. These flowers are popular with insects, from small flies to orange soldier beetles.

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The Causeway Coast Path is managed by the National Trust in partnership with Moyle District Council, Coleraine Borough Council and through the co-operation of local landowners and the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland. The Giant's Causeway is owned and managed by the National Trust. The Visitor Centre and car parks are owned and managed by Moyle District Council. THIS PROJECT IS PART FINANCED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY European Regional Development Fund and the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland.
 
Erected by The National Trust, Moyle District Council, Borough of Coleraine, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and Environment and Heritage Service.
 
Location. 55° 14.244′ N, 6° 26.909′ W. Marker is in Dunseverick, Northern
Dunseverick Castle Ruins image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 16, 2012
3. Dunseverick Castle Ruins
Ireland, in County Antrim. Marker is on Causeway Road (B146), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at a roadside pullout. Marker is at or near this postal address: 182 Causeway Road, Dunseverick, Northern Ireland BT57 8SY, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alphabet Angel (approx. 5.8 kilometers away); Giantís Causeway and Bushmills Railway (approx. 5.9 kilometers away); Sgt. Robert Quigg (approx. 5.9 kilometers away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 5.9 kilometers away); Bushmills History & Heritage (approx. 6 kilometers away); Hamill Terrace (approx. 6.1 kilometers away); Carrick-a-Rede (approx. 7.4 kilometers away); Dunluce Castle (approx. 8.8 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Dunseverick Castle, Northern Ireland. (Submitted on December 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Dunseverick Castle to the Giant's Causeway Trail. (Submitted on December 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Dunseverick, Northern Ireland. (Submitted on December 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentForts, CastlesMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Dunseverick Castle Round Tower Ruins image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 16, 2012
4. Dunseverick Castle Round Tower Ruins
Dunseverick Castle Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Robert French, circa 1900
5. Dunseverick Castle Ruins
Historical photo of Dunseverick Castle, from the Lawrence Collection, National Library of Ireland
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 610 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on December 21, 2013.
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