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O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle

Cahir o'Doherty Avenue, Buncrana, Ireland
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Informative and worth a visit if you are a Doherty

We made a special trip here like many. The park is peaceful and well maintained. We truly... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2017
Mot-Lisa D
New Hamburg, Canada
Beautiful peaceful walk along the water, must do if your ancestors are Doherty

This is a terrific spot for a scenic walk along the water's edge. You cross a lovely arched stone... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“swan park” (4 reviews)
“worth a visit” (2 reviews)
“the river” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Cahir o'Doherty Avenue, Buncrana, Ireland
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Reviewed 25 June 2017

We made a special trip here like many. The park is peaceful and well maintained. We truly appreciated the signs explaining the history of the keep. We spent more time here than we did in other "better" castles due to the gardens, roses, quiet paths....More

Thank Mot-Lisa D
Reviewed 7 June 2017

This is a terrific spot for a scenic walk along the water's edge. You cross a lovely arched stone bridge over the river, then pass O'Doherty's Keep built in the 1400s. Keep going down the path. You may see the cows grazing in the field....More

Thank AntarcticaGirl
Reviewed 5 December 2016

We fit this into our other plans; driving around Donegal. This has the remnants of a castle built, owned, by Cahir O'Doherty and then stolen by the English. Our photos of the sign and such are great keepsakes. the Keep is a boring stone tower,...More

Thank Daugman
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Within walking distance of most accommodation in the area. One can continue to walk aroma do Swan Park and to Father Hegarty,s Rock and further to Stragill beach. Leave the car and enjoy walking, swimming, kayaking on the Crana River. Friendly welcome and easy going...More

Thank 59Monica4
Reviewed 5 October 2016

The bridge at Swan Park is often shown in calendars and makes a great crossing point to the main buildings here. This is a short stop point for those that are passing through and a great place to get out of the car or tour...More

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed 21 April 2016

This was not the most impressive old castle or building I saw along my trip, but the entire shore walk in Buncrana provided a good look at history and nature. The keep and castle along the walk were nice to look at but not as...More

1  Thank Christine E
Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

This place is Very Special...nature, history, beauty, Lovely Walking area for entire Family! A visit to the Lough Swilly area is Life Altering.....Truly Spiritual☆♡

Thank upupandaway3
Reviewed 22 July 2015

This is a beautiful walk down by the Crana River with beautiful flowers at this time of year. The Keep is a ruins which blends into the park area. You can walk on up to Ned's Point from here too.

Thank dunreeboy
Reviewed 21 April 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the Buncrana Heritage Trail which includes O' Doherty's Keep and castle, a very pleasant walk and worth a visit.

Thank 2020vision
Reviewed 14 October 2014

Nice to see on a visit to Swan Park. Would have loved access to the castle but gates all locked up. The castle looks worse for the wear from the path and looks like it could use a facelift but good for the age. The...More

1  Thank Sharon S
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17 March 2017|
Response from 59Monica4 | Reviewed this property |
Within walking distance. Less than 5 mins from Main Street