Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
aha ! a familiar stomping ground good to see it in all its older BW glory
Unusual metal guard rail at bottom - is it something to do with a tramway?
Sometimes Flickr is amazing -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/4427441460/ And in May 2017 https://www.flickr.com/photos/msikkens/34192679124/
Aha! The tram - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dunluce_Castle_%26_Giant%27s_C...
Edit - "...electric power ... ... was originally fed to the trains via an elevated third rail which ran alongside the line ... "
Edit 2 - "The section from Bushmills to the Giant's Causeway opened on 1 July 1887. In 1895 a cyclist died of electric shock after coming into contact with the conductor rail. At the subsequent inquiry it was revealed that the line voltage varied from an average of 290 V up to 360 V, and the company agreed to a temporary reduction in the voltage, which limited the number of services that could be electrically worked. The third rail was replaced by overhead electric wire using side poles from 26 July 1899, apparently initially at 250 V."
Help! - I can't find the original of the tram version of this pic (see wiki link above) in the NLI catalogue .... please!
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Here you go!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Thank you! Must be a different day - look at that wonky fence ...
Edit - No, it is the same day, they were repairing the white fence, and the other photo is from a different PoV to the left.
We have had a ride on the tramway before, and concluded 1888 https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5730438737/
That's a very beautiful and impressive ruin. And all the more impressive with the additional information. It's amazing.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] It can be seen in this Mason shot of the electric tram how the current was picked up from that 3rd rail that ran along the ditch. It must have been fun bringing the kids for a walk along that road.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03] Toasted kids - yum!
Full gory details of the cyclist accident in 1895 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/238550364
Via Trove more interesting technical details -
1883 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/149499782
1891 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/73243170
And we have hardly mentioned the Castle - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunluce_Castle
Streetview is quite good, but Flickr doesn't like my links ...
Thanks all - especially https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia for the extra input (and useful dating information). Have updated the description/etc!
Forever being the photo opportunity: www.flickr.com/photos/usani4245/11341530084/
We used to drive past there many times on a trip around the Antrim Coast Road or on the way to Ballycastle, but sadly never stopped to explore. I remember a story about part of the castle falling into the sea, helped by a barrel of gunpowder and conveniently disposing of some enemies of the occupants. It's a very hazy memory and I've now discovered it's just a local legend, very much embroidered of a natural collapse of the kitchen into the sea. Some very interesting facts about the castle are here
No. 50 from link above, an 1872 limerick by Edward Lear ...
There was an old man of Dunluce,
Who went out to sea on a goose:
When he’d gone out a mile,
He observ'd with a smile,
"It is time to return to Dunluce."