The Antrim McDonnell Heritage Centre

In our Heritage Centre, you can discover the rollercoaster story of the Earls of Antrim full of adventure and intrigue, from the time when John Mor MacDonnell (Eoin Mor Mac Domnhaill) first arrived in Glenarm from Scotland in the 14th century, to the tumultuous wars of the 16th and 17th centuries when the family was based at Dunluce Castle, to the present day.

Glenarm is the family seat of the McDonnell (or MacDonnell) family, one of the oldest in these islands, which can trace its lineage back over 2,000 years.  The Antrim McDonnells have played a key role in the story of the North Antrim coast, most notably in the 16th century under the leadership of famous warrior chief, Sorley Boy MacDonnell (Somhairle Buidhe Mac Domnhaill). It was Sorley’s son Randal who became the first Earl of Antrim and built Glenarm Castle in 1636.

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