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Worth A Short Side Trip

This is a hidden jewel, off the beaten path. This structure is a marvel to behold and the site... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Edmonton, Canada
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Awesome Fort

This is worth a special trip. This reconstructed ring Fort provides a magnificent look at how... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Michael D
Leesburg, Virginia
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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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| Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

This is a hidden jewel, off the beaten path. This structure is a marvel to behold and the site gives you a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. A great spot for photos.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This is worth a special trip. This reconstructed ring Fort provides a magnificent look at how things were 5,000 years ago. The people who built it no longer exist as a distinct tribe. Situated on top of a hill, the Fort is rustic, but offers...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 4 September 2017

The amphitheatre-like ring fort crowns the top of the hill. Although heavily reconstructed in the 19th century, it is believed that a fort may have existed here for 2000 years. There is a short walk from the car park to the fort, but it s...More

Thank Jellybellydancer
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Grianan of Aileach is a re-constructed ring fort on a high hilltop west of Derry in far north Republic of Ireland. The fort site dates back to about 1100 AD and the existing stone ring fort was re-constructed on the site in the 1870's. It...More

1  Thank DWoerner
Reviewed 31 August 2017

What a site to behold!! This is one of the coolest things to see and check out in the area. Really worthwhile to take the drive and spend some time there. A must do!!

Thank coachee1313
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Stopped here on way to Donegal. The views from this hill fort are breathtaking. Work has been done on this site to make it wheelchair friendly Well worth a stop off

Thank jagar
Reviewed 22 August 2017

An experience to drive the car almost up to the very top of the mountain. Up there you find a ringfort, and a lot of wind! Beautiful to visit on a bright day, you feel like you can watch out over all of Northern Ireland.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

On a holiday from Dublin to Galway then up the west coast we saw many amazing views, but the view from here beats them all.

Thank Phil W
Reviewed 18 August 2017

This is a ring front bout 5 metres high with walls as deep as 4.5 metres. Inside the fort you climb the walls using steps embedded in the stone gradually rising up the walls like stadium steps. when you reach the top the view is...More

2  Thank Outbound76
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The fort itself is already really nice and well restored, but the 360 view you have from this hilltop is amazing. Free entry, free parking and a small coffee van make it a very nice experience.

1  Thank 677sandrines
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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