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Grianan Of Aileach

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Address: | Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland
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Legend says it was built by the ancient gods; the ring fort was known as...

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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Great view; very intesting site

Ok, the view was fantastic; a great 360 from up high. I confess I don't know the full historical story on this place; an ancient Irish fort (it was hailing when we visited so we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ok, the view was fantastic; a great 360 from up high. I confess I don't know the full historical story on this place; an ancient Irish fort (it was hailing when we visited so we didn't stay long).... But it was what seemed a great ancient fort; nothing built up around it; with a good guide i'm sure you could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grianan of Aileach or "ring fort' is located between Derry and Letterkenny. It is a little difficult to find but well worth it. Went in October, 2016 and we were the only people there. Interesting history; 3000 B.C. similar to Newgrange outside Dublin but unlike Newgrange they lived here and had a view of the entire County of Donegal and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have to visit this site. Must have the most spectacular views in Ireland. We went today when the mountains as far as the eye could see were snow topped. I will never forget this special place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This is one ot the most amazing viewing points in Donegal. Please remember to go on a clear day to get the benefit out of your trip

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We stopped by on the way down from Malin Head on our way to Donegal Town, and are glad we stopped. This stone circle fort is very remote, but Google maps took us right to the entrance. We were lucky to be there on a beautiful October afternoon, with only a few other visitors. There is no fee to visit,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It was a short walk up to have an amazing view of Inishowen. Had a lovely time climbing up the fort and walking the 360 degrees of view.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Perched up high, offering 360 degree views, it is not hard to understand why this spot was chosen for the construction of this ancient ring fort. Thought to have been destroyed by the invading Normans, it was reconstructed in the late 19th century and is an excellent example of this form of fortification. It is located well off the main... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Beautiful old Fort with fantastic views of Donegal, and the River Swilly. Great photo opportunities.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We happened on the Fort on a very windy, rainy foggy day and still enjoyed it. The view from the top of the parking area was beautiful for a few moments before being obscured by the weather. The hardy in our group walked up the reconstructed fort, and had fun climbing up the steep ramparts and walking around the fort.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

This is an ancient ring fort historical spot. Free admittance all the time. Opening hours vary depending on the time of year so planning ahead would be advised. The winter solstice would be a brilliant experience i must say.

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