The ruins of Red Bay Castle are located on the main Coast Road between Waterfoot and Cushendall (on the high ground above the Red Arch). The history of the site dates back 750 years when John and Walter Bisset, banished from Scotland in 1224 for the murder of their uncle, purchased the Glens of Antrim from Richard De Burgo and are said to have built the castle on the site. The existing castle is believed to have been built by Sir James McDonnell around 1561. It was the scene for various struggles and battles in the late 16th Century and was abandonded about 1600.

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