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“An Grainan of Aileach” – The Ancient Ring Fort of Inishowen


Burt, County Donegal, Ireland

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Burt, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland

The mystical & magical seat of power were once Kings & Queens of Ireland reigned from. An Grainan 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 hill top 800 feet above sea level the view from Aileach is breathtaking. The glistening waters of Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly are clear as is the form of the entire peninsula. A windy and exposed place, Grianan Fort has been a silent witness to the history of Ireland throughout the ages.

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 the sacred sword is removed they will spring to life reclaiming their ancient lands!

Personally to even set foot within this sacred structure is an honour & I hold the utmost respect to our ancestors for such an achievement. There aren’t many modern buildings that will stand over 100 years, yet this has been standing here battling the elements for thousands of years! “They don’t make em like they used to”

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