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Review of Grianan Of Aileach

Grianan Of Aileach
Ranked #14 of 235 things to do in County Donegal
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 11, 2014

Only a stones throw from Letterkenny and Derry. Amazing views across Lough Swilly and donegal on one side and Derry and Tyrone on the other side. We stopped off twice in the same day. So many structures like this hidden around the country.

Thank Frances D
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

We took friends there today. Wow was all they could say. Rural Donegal, megalithic fort with the most amazing views of Donegal and into Co. Londonderry. There isn't much else up at the top the hill but there's a good visitor Center down at the bottom. Well worth a visit just to see the view. Be careful when it's windy though!

Thank Lee M
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

Very old fort standing on top of the hill. View from there is quite good, fort itself is magnificent.

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Reviewed July 10, 2014

This historical site is relatively easy to find as its well sign posted.

When we visited the hill was covered in thick fog so the scenery was not evident from the Fort, but still well worth while visiting.

The fort is well preserved and easily accessible.

Thank CocoTampa123
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

From here you can see 3 counties. The Grianan is one of the most still, peaceful places you can visit. It is also near to the town of Letterkenny if you like shopping

Thank failte99
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