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Welcome to Red Bay, Cushendall. Red Bay Castle, positioned on a hilltop commanding a view of the whole bay, is known locally as McQuillan’s Fort and has enjoyed, or perhaps suffered, an extremely turbulent history.
First built by the Bisset family in the 13th century, the castle was occupied by the MacDonnells of Antrim during the 16th century before being burned to the ground by Shane O’Neill, chief of the O’Neills of Tyrone, during his conflict with the MacDonnells. The strategically important castle was then rebuilt by Sorley Boy MacDonnell but was finally destroyed in 1652, during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.
The Waterfoot area is renowned as a haven for butterflies, the nearby Glenariff Forest hosts a spectacular ‘Waterfall Walk’ and Cushendall, nestling at the foot of Lurigethan Mountain is known as the ‘Capital of the Glens’.
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