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“The Stronghold of Inishowen” – Burt Castle


Burt, County Donegal, Ireland

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Burt, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland

Burt Castle is a true Irish gem, standing high & proud on a hilltop along Inishowen’s Wild Atlantic Way. Sadly many people nowadays pass by without visiting due to there being no actual road leading to it. Burt castle commands incredible views over Lough Swilly and you can easily imagine its strategic importance throughout the ages.

Burt Castle was built between 1560-1580 by the O’Doherty clan. The O’Doherty’s were known the “Lords of Inishowen” for hundreds of years. The castle unfortunately fell in and out of the hands of the O’Doherty’s and had various occupiers over the ages until the Castle eventually fell into the hands of Sir Arthur Chichester. Chichester was granted Cahair O’Doherty 170,000 acres of land after O’Doherty was found guilty of treason & murder and was executed by means of being hung, drawn and quartered! The castle has been unoccupied since 1833 & sadly now lies in ruin, echoing its historically rich past, whilst eternally watching over our shores….

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