Grianán of Aileach

Grianán of Aileach: The Stone house of the sun

The Grianán of Aileach, also known as An Grianán Fort, takes its name from ‘Grianán Ailigh’ which broadly translates as the ‘stony palace of the sun.’ Should you be lucky enough to arrive at sunrise or sunset on a clear day, it is clear that the fort is well named. The Grianán of Aileach is positioned on Greenan Mountain overlooking the valleys of the Foyle and Swilly rivers, affording extensive views over one of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. It is an impressive circular fort, with a diameter of 23m (76 feet), and with drystone walls that stand around 5m (16 feet) high. The top of the walls can be reached by a series of steps and terraces.

The Morton God Dolmen

The Morton God Dolmen

The Morten God DolmenThe Morton God Dolmen may date back to 3500 BC and is one of the oldest ancient monuments in Inishowen. This portal tomb was believed to be a portal to the ‘otherworld’ where cremated bones of the important members of the local clan were placed....

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Northburgh Castle

Northburgh Castle

Northburgh Castle GreencastleThe castle was built in 1305 to provide a base for Anglo-Norman power in the North West. This building was named "Northburg". There is a more modern Martello Fort beside the Norman ruin. This was built by the British to stop Napoleon...

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Saint Boden’s Boat

Saint Boden’s Boat

Saint Boden's boatFrom the Folklore CollectionThis is an extract from the Folklore Collection collected from National school, , Ballycharry, Inishowen, Co. Donegal.The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1123, Page 492 Data © National Folklore Collection, UCD.St. Boden lived...

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St. Buadan’s (Bodan’s) Well

St. Buadan’s (Bodan’s) Well

The Holy well of St. Buadan, CuldaffSt Buadan's Holy WellLocation : The well is located behind the Protestant church in Culdaff Holy wells are places of popular religious devotion where people come to pray and leave simple offerings. Holy wells invariably tend to date...

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