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“An Grianan of Aileach Sunrise”


Burt, County Donegal, Ireland

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Burt, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland

The mystical & magical seat of power were once the O’Neill Kings reigned from for over 700 years. An Grianan of Aileach is the best known monument in Inishowen & easily one of the greatest in all Ireland. Situated along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way on a hilltop 800 feet above sea level the view from Aileach is breathtakingly beautiful.

The fort was first constructed around 1700 BC (probably with earthen walls) by the Tuatha de Danann. It has been ascertained that it was the Palace of the Northern Princes from a period long before Christianity (AD 400) up until the 14th century. Legend states that the giants of Inishowen (Princes of Aileach) are lying sleeping but when a hidden sacred sword is removed from this fort, they will return back to life reclaiming their ancient lands! Now that would certainly make for a great photograph ??

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