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Stunning views and amazing history.

The uphill narrow roads are well worth doing and the car park is adjacent to the monument - which... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Roganroy
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
via mobile
All the glory of Grianan

I live about 50 miles from Grianan of Aileach and have wanted to visit for some time. We took the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
dermotm
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Ireland
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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...more
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The uphill narrow roads are well worth doing and the car park is adjacent to the monument - which has been the subject of substantial restoration but is nevertheless amazing. The all round views require a good day and there are information boards to explain...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live about 50 miles from Grianan of Aileach and have wanted to visit for some time. We took the journey on a beautiful sunny day. We parked the car at the bottom of the hill (there is parking at the top) and made the...More

Thank dermotm
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This round stone hilltop fortress stands on the site of a previous fortress which dates back to c. 500BC. On a clear day one can see fantastic views of Counties Donegal, Derry & Tyrone including the bays of Swilly & Foyle rivers.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

One of my favourite paces, well worth the effort of getting there, although it is actually very accessible as you can drive up to a car park before a brief walk tot he fort. Its very impressive, with spectacular views. Hopefully it remains unspoilt with...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

This fort requires a drive on some narrow Irish lanes, but if you don't mind that, it's well worth the effort to see. The view of the countryside and sea from the fort is outstanding!

2  Thank Kerry L
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Grianan is a well-preserved, accessible monument with panoramic views over Derry and Donegal landscape. There is a car park approx 5 minute walk from the fort, and there are both steps and a ramp up to the monument. Inside the Grianan, you can climb up...More

2  Thank moneyballer
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Yet another special place to see on this beautiful part of the world. Take time and if possible snare a good day. The views are stunning and it also has a feeling of timelessness. You could almost sense the spirits of ancient Celts around you

2  Thank Deathstalker1873
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

We went and it was cool but the fog was too thick to get the vistas and it was cold. We did enjoy a great coffee though.

1  Thank Theresa C
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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

If you find yourself anywhere near Grianan of Aileach you have to take a spin up. It's just a 5 or so minute drive off the main Burt road, ample parking at the top. 360° beautiful views of mountains, water, forest, you feel like you're...More

2  Thank Stanie2
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

I highly recommend this stop for any lovers of Irish history and nature! There is parking right at the top, but I do recommend sturdy shoes as the steps at the ruins are very narrow and slippery. The views at the top are worth it...More

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Jennifer R
25 February 2018|
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Response from Michael D | Reviewed this property |
We were there around noon. I don”t remember a sign that stated hours. Given the rustic nature of the sight, I would suspect that if it is open tom9:00 pm, it is only in the summer months.
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Response from C7425LRdavidf | Reviewed this property |
Well worth a visit with family - the children will enjoy exploring. During the day (gates close at night) it is possible to drive up to almost the top - the road is well paved, twisty, narrow and steep but is easy to drive... More
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