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“New Beginnings” – Ancient Ring Fort of Grainan of Aileach


Burt, Donegal, Ireland

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Overlooking Lough Swilly, County Donegal, Ireland

A mystical & magical seat of power were once Kings & Queens of Ireland reigned from. The “Grianan of Aileach” is the best known monument in Inishowen & easily one of the greatest in all Ireland. Situated 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!

Throughout my lifetime Ive been fortunate to have visited more places than I can remember but I can honestly admit that the An Grainan Aileach is one of the most unique and picturesque monuments I’ve ever laid eyes on. When standing here you can really feel the ancient history & power just radiate of this entire area. Words alone can’t explain it & no image can show it

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