O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle

O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle

O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle
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letterkennycaint
Letterkenny, Ireland12,415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Solo
You will find this attraction on the far side of Castle Bridge, which spans the Crana River, in the town, and it's a beautiful attraction, but unfortunately it's not open to the public. Park your car a little before it, at the Stone Jug, and walk up. Wolfe Tone was held captive here, after he was captured on the nearby Lough Swilly. After visiting the castle, continue on to "Swan Park", especially if the weather is good.
Written February 12, 2014
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Mot-Lisa D
New Hamburg, Canada82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
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. We were able to push a wheelchair along most of the pathway around the river. We also spent some time just lingering by the water. Truly enjoyable.
Written June 25, 2017
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AntarcticaGirl
Fort Lauderdale, FL188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
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. You come out on a paved path along the water's edge. There are benches along the way if you need a wee rest. The scenery is gorgeous and there's usually a fresh breeze blowing. There's plenty of free parking, too.
Written June 7, 2017
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Martin T
Leek, UK158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
O dohertys keep on the mouth of the river Crana where Wolfe tone was held after his capture in Lough swilly next door is Buncrana castle which was occupied by the British army during world war .
Written June 29, 2014
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RugbyJuda
183 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Again we arrived here to the castle only for it to be closed. You can't get in at all. Such a shame as it's more like a house than a castle and I'd say at one time or another it was a fantastic place to visit. Now there seems to be a farm at the back of it and when we arrived there was a whole lot of cows roaming around the front of the house and in the gardens. Again I would say that Donegal Council should be looking after this and opening this wonderful structure to the public. This house was built by Colonel George Vaughan between 1716-18 and is the earliest and most important of the big houses in Inishowen.
Written July 26, 2018
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59Monica4
Buncrana, Ireland17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 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 atmosphere
Written October 12, 2016
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Kathy T
Frederick, MD10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. We hiked around the park up around the mansion and on to the beach. It was just absolutely amazing. To look at the castle, and think of what the people went through when they had to defend themselves against the attackers. Everything was still there: the park the bridge the stream it was just so cool to immerse ourselves in that atmosphere. My family's ancestors were part of the group that lived in the castle and defend it.
Written August 24, 2014
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JHMTTL
Woodbine, MD1,609 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
The Buncrana Castle Heritage Trail is a leisurely walk. Unfortunately the castle is closed. The Keep is also closed.
Written March 2, 2019
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Daugman
Seattle169 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
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, We didn't look at the rest.

I would not waste time unless you had a historical reason/goal
Written December 5, 2016
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Christine E
Bridgeport, CT297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
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 compelling as some of the other ruins I visited. Overall, the walk (I had a sunny spring day) was an excellent way to get some exercise and learn new things.
Written April 21, 2016
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