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Where History Meets The Beauty of Irish Scenery

I highly recommend this stop for any lovers of Irish history and nature! There is parking right at... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TheBearMeyers
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
See all over, mind the narrow steps

We visited the Grianan on a cold, drizzly morning, so we only saw the great stone ring once we got... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
William O
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Legend says it was built by the ancient gods; the ring fort was known as the Sun Palace and was held sacred. Traces of ancient earthworks, dating to the early Iron Age, surround the fort, enclosing an area of about 5 acres (0.02 km2). The fort itself was probably built in the early centuries of the Christian era. From the 5th to the 12th century AD it served as the royal seat of the O Neill sept of Aileach; it was destroyed by Murtogh O Brien, king of Munster in 1101. To make the demolition complete, the king ordered each of his soldiers to take away a stone from the fort. Grianan of Aileach was reconstructed by Dr Bernard of Derry in 1870, but archaeologists are doubtful about the inner restoration. Surrounding the stone fort are three concentric low walls which formed part of the original fortification of the fort.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I highly recommend this stop for any lovers of Irish history and nature! There is parking right at the top, but I do recommend sturdy shoes as the steps at the ruins are very narrow and slippery. The views at the top are worth it...More

Thank TheBearMeyers
Reviewed 16 November 2017

We visited the Grianan on a cold, drizzly morning, so we only saw the great stone ring once we got quite close. The path from the parking lot to the monument is partly matted for sure footing, but once inside its 75-foot diameter, the paired...More

1  Thank William O
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Visited here to view Grianan of Aileach. We had been hunting for a decent cup of coffee all over the region but felt disappointed..... then in the middle of nowhere we found Triskele Coffee - what a surprise; fantastic coffee made with passion and attention...More

Thank g'daypatrick
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Exceeded our expectations and was really a must see. We were there on a cold and wet day, and managed to just miss a shower. I suspect at other times of the year it is crowded but we had the place basically to ourselves. Fantastic.

1  Thank DrGordy
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Before I forget, there's an excellent truck stand option by the informal parking area serving wonderful Lavazza Coffee impressively prepared. The couple of snacks offered were homemade and quite tasty, and the local gent running it is a most enjoyable informal area host. The ancient...More

1  Thank preglad
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We were traveling towards County Sligo and wanted to see this stone fort on our way. It is a bit out of the way and there was a sign with it's opening and closing dates. I'm not sure if the site is open earlier in...More

1  Thank rleNewEngland
Reviewed 8 October 2017

This was a really nice and beautifully preserved Ring Fort. The views from the fort's inner walls were amazing. You had great views of the surrounding country side and water for miles in each direction. The site was also FREE. There was no admission charge...More

1  Thank irishbogs
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We were advised to make a stop here on our way to Giant's Causeway from Donegal and were some of the first to arrive. Beautiful views, recommend going early in the morning. Easy climb up to the top of the fort. Mark of Triskele coffee...More

1  Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Interesting. There is a small board about the history before you enter, but apparently there is a visitor centre that I didn't visit further down the road. If you are climbing the stairs, exercise precaution. Bonus that it is free still. Enjoyable visit despite when...More

1  Thank Tarry11
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Views To Die For.went there to relive childhood memories but came away with more. Much more.Donegals rich history

1  Thank mad d
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Response from C7425LRdavidf | Reviewed this property |
Well worth a visit with family - the children will enjoy exploring. During the day (gates close at night) it is possible to drive up to almost the top - the road is well paved, twisty, narrow and steep but is easy to drive... More
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