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“Ring Fort Island of Lough Doon”


Doon Lough near Portnoo, Donegal, Ireland

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Doon Fort is an ancient ring fort which is hidden away on this small island on ‘Lough Doon’ near the coastal village of Portnoo, Donegal, Ireland

This has to be the most amazing yet inaccessible monuments I’ve visited in all Ireland! Miles away from anywhere in the middle of a lake surrounded by miles of marshy bogland. It makes me wonder on how did our ancestors build such complex heavy stone forts? and how did they transport all this stone here 3000 years ago? Especially when I could hardly hike to it without stopping to rest every few minutes. Ireland can be very mysterious & that’s what drives my passion to gather these scenes for you all

This stone fort dating back to 3000 BC has walls standing about 4.5 metres high & 3.6 metres thick at the base. It covers the island almost completely. Within the fort are steps terraces and passages. The ancient ruins of “Doon Fort” are evidence that this area has been inhabited for many centuries. It’s construction methods are similar to other Irish dry-stone wall forts such as Dun Aengus (Aran Islands) & An Grainan Aileach (Burt, Co.Donegal)

Doon Fort is sometimes called ‘The Bawan’ or ‘The O’Boyle Fort’ as according to local legend the O’Boyle family occupied the fort from the 10th to the 16th centuries. The last O’Boyle chieftain Conor O’Boyle was slain here at the fort in the year 1530 by a rival O’Boyle group

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