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A must see in County Donegal

This is an incredible ring fort perched way up high with some amazing views. Fortunately we visited... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
League City, Texas

An amazing place of Irish history. Don't miss st.aengus church nearby inspired by the monument and... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
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Legend says it was built by the ancient gods; the ring fort was known as the Sun Palace and was held sacred. Traces of ancient earthworks, dating to the early Iron Age, surround the fort, enclosing an area of about 5 acres (0.02 km2). The fort itself was probably built in the early centuries of the Christian era. From the 5th to the 12th century AD it served as the royal seat of the O Neill sept of Aileach; it was destroyed by Murtogh O Brien, king of Munster in 1101. To make the demolition complete, the king ordered each of his soldiers to take away a stone from the fort. Grianan of Aileach was reconstructed by Dr Bernard of Derry in 1870, but archaeologists are doubtful about the inner restoration. Surrounding the stone fort are three concentric low walls which formed part of the original fortification of the fort.
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“amazing views” (19 reviews)
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| Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an incredible ring fort perched way up high with some amazing views. Fortunately we visited in March and had the fort all to ourselves. It was cold and windy with that kind of driving mist that you can only find here and it...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2017

An amazing place of Irish history. Don't miss st.aengus church nearby inspired by the monument and one of the best examples of Irish architecture.

Thank JKlondon09
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Passing by the hotel saw sign for food all day as we had not eaten since breakfast and now 16.30 we were delighted that we could avail of lunch special. Very reasonable and well presented. Bar staff very friendly and courteous.

Thank Catherine O
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Amazing site, cloud cover & rain on day of visit but this didn't impact on the experience, well worth a visit, outside of site is made accessible for wheelchair users but I'd imagine it might pose some difficulties. Easily found & clearly marked out.

Thank cat l
Reviewed 9 July 2017

We arrived at this beautiful fort on the 19th of June, just to find out that it had only opened for the season on the 16th. After a very steep drive up the hill we were rewarded by an empty parking lot and had the...More

Thank Tom S
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Worth visiting for the site itself and for the fabulous views around. Try to go on a sunny day, it will be even more enjoyable

Thank Maskali M
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This is a fantastic natural attraction situated on the top of a hill over looking beautiful Donegal. It is a free attraction and well worth a visit. It is about fifteen minutes drive from Letterkenny and the same to Derry.

Thank John F
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit! The fort is on a high hill and gives beautiful views of the surrounding area. You can walk around inside and outside the fort and can climb up its walls. We didn't spend long there - maybe 30 min - but...More

Thank merichie86
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Omg on a clear day you can see the most spectacular panoramic views of the Inishowen peninsula It is truly breathing

Thank beachholidays08
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Situated on the top of a hill and providing excellent views along the Swilly and Foyle Estuaries. Large areas of Counties Donegal, Derry and Tyrone can be seen on a good day. Walk down the path to the Holy Well

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