Glenarm Castle is a “manor house” located in the village of Glenarm in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Imposing, and still in excellent condition, it was known as the ancestral home of the Earls of Antrim.
Writings claim that a castle existed as early as the 13th century in place of the present Glenarm Castle. However, the present castle was built in 1636 by Sir Randal MacDonnell, 1st Earl of Antrim, and is now owned by Randal, Viscount of Dunluce, son of Alexander McDonnell, 9th Earl of Antrim. Proof that the castle has been handed down from generation to generation!
In terms of history, the Glenarm Castle has however suffered a terrible fire: the fault of a housekeeper who lit a candle in one of the rooms to warm an old parrot (surprising but true!). The flame would then have grown, and devastated several wings of the manor.
Today renovated, the castle opens its doors to visitors every year between May and September. The current owner has not hesitated to develop his estate in this way, by providing it with an organic farm and a tea room.
Glenarm Castle is also the venue for the Highland Games, a much-anticipated event held in July. The Dalriada Festival is also held here, a festival celebrating sport, music and fine food from all over Scotland and Ireland. The programme includes concerts, food and entertainment of all kinds!
Don’t hesitate to venture into the gardens and admire the architecture of the castle, which is rather atypical and a bit austere! A curiosity which is worth a look! Add to that the proximity of the manor house to the sea, and you will have beautiful perspectives of walks!