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Grianan Aileach Ring Fort

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Address: Burt, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-77-68512
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Description: 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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Amazing views

Having battled our way through heavy snow showers and getting lost, we eventually found the narrow lane up to the fort but it was locked lol - anyway with the heavy snow we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Having battled our way through heavy snow showers and getting lost, we eventually found the narrow lane up to the fort but it was locked lol - anyway with the heavy snow we wouldn't have got up in the car. So parked at the bottom and made our way up. The views were stunning especially the dark storms heading our... More 

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Letterkenny, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This attraction is worth visiting, even if it's just for the views. It's about 1 mile off the main N13 road from Derry to Letterkenny, and it's well signposted. It if free to visit, and has a car park. On my visit over the weekend, it was mucky, and wellies would have been a good idea. But in between showers... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Drive up the large hill and there's a car parking place and the fortress is a short walk (only a couple of minutes) up the hill. There's some great views from here. Follow the ancient road south to see St. Patrick's well. Have a walk around the hill fort and inside it. Just watch you don't trip or fall as... More 

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Magherafelt, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I went here in August but it was very windy and was quite foggy so the views were not that good. I was more interested in the historical side of it rather than the visual side of things. Most of the medieval Gaelic clans of Ulster would have had their origins from the kings who occupied this site, it was... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This 2000 year old round stone hilltop fort with commanding views is reached up a narrow winding road but the detour is worth it - relatively complete outer walls and the remnant of the original road to it. No charge to visit

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Ankaran, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We been there early in the morning and the fog has just began to rise, so the view wasn't perfect, but it was amazing anyway.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We vistied Grainan Aileach in June 2014 whilst on a private tour with Paddywagon Tours out of Dublin. Despite a somewhat poor time of day for photography (midday) the views of counties Donegal,Tyrone and Derry were breathtaking and I was treated to big,puffy clouds and blue sky. The site was sparsely populated on this day so I was able to... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I went to another ring fort and this one was way better. I know it has been restored, but it's a cool site to see in a completed state. It's on top of a hill so it also offers amazing views of the surrounding area.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This place is worth a visit for the views alone but the fort itself is definitely interesting in its own right. That said the views are amazing. It's true it's a bit of a drive up, a fair bit further than the 2km the sign post said so don't bother walking unless you like a good trek, but we didn't... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

An old stone fort that is well kept. But the reason to go ! has to be to take in the views. They're spectacular! I would recommend a visit

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