Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey)

Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey)

Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey)
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The ruins of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1474.
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  • TheMarshal84
    Liverpool, United Kingdom561 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A quite place to sit, rest and contemplate
    Located just outside the town, about 5 mins walk from the Information Centre, this ruined baby, which sits at the mouth of the River Eske is steeped in history and the setting for events which played a pivotal role in the history of Ulster. Built around 1474 by Hugh Roe O'Donnell, a statue of whom stands close by. The baby was destroyed by fire in August 1601, and was left as a ruin. Today you can walk the site, for free which is protected by OPW.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Marianne E
    Bonita Springs, Florida9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    No 4 masters monuments/statues
    The 4 master statues are no longer there. It is a graveyard with very limited ruins. Had difficult time Trying to understand the history as no one in Donegal knew of the history. Listed in toys brochures if Abbet of Donegal or Donegal Abbey. However none of the 4 monuments are there
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Barry and Nicol... G
    Reading, United Kingdom1,060 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abbey ruins
    Park up the road in the Supervalu car park. Walk bak down the road 100 yards and a path takes you down to the ruins of the Abbey of Donegal. The abbey was built in 1474. Well worth 30 mins of your time.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2024
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Barry and Nicol... G
Reading, UK1,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Park up the road in the Supervalu car park. Walk bak down the road 100 yards and a path takes you down to the ruins of the Abbey of Donegal. The abbey was built in 1474. Well worth 30 mins of your time.
Written 6 May 2024
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Marianne E
Bonita Springs, FL9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The 4 master statues are no longer there. It is a graveyard with very limited ruins. Had difficult time
Trying to understand the history as no one in Donegal knew of the history. Listed in toys brochures if Abbet of Donegal or Donegal Abbey. However none of the 4 monuments are there
Written 2 October 2023
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TheMarshal84
Liverpool, UK561 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Located just outside the town, about 5 mins walk from the Information Centre, this ruined baby, which sits at the mouth of the River Eske is steeped in history and the setting for events which played a pivotal role in the history of Ulster. Built around 1474 by Hugh Roe O'Donnell, a statue of whom stands close by. The baby was destroyed by fire in August 1601, and was left as a ruin. Today you can walk the site, for free which is protected by OPW.
Written 14 July 2023
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Deirdre N
Dublin, Ireland61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Beautiful place beside the River Eske Estuary. Not much left of the ruins but worth a ramble and the setting us very peaceful and tranquil. 10 minute walk from the Diamond in Donegal town! Historically interesting and significant despite how it appears.
Written 19 May 2023
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victoria B
Lincolnshire, UK587 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Due to the abbey being used as a place to store gunpowder - with disastrous consequences - there is not much of it left.

A beautiful spot adjacent to the river there are tombstones old and new, most of which have been lovingly maintained or renewed. It is a beautiful and atmospheric place.

There is a car park adjacent and it is a shortish walk to the centre of Donegal.
Written 30 August 2022
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njcavalier
Chatham, NJ395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The ruins of the Abbey of the Four Masters made for a poignant start to our walking tour of Donegal. Overlooking the harbor, the ruins date back to 1474, when Red Hugh O’Donnell had both the Franciscan Abbey and nearby Donegal Castle built. The abbey and surrounding graveyard are well worth a visit before heading off to the castle.
Written 15 August 2022
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jfm7
Westland14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I always go there, whenever I visit Donegal Town. It gives me peace in my mind and my hart. I can sit over there and have a look over the bay.
Written 21 July 2022
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2005-travel-lover
Frederick, MD549 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Very small place with little signage. Nice to walk around and imagine how it might have looked in the day.
Written 16 June 2022
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InisFada
Long Island, NY176 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Ruins of an old abbey overlooking the harbor. Very evocative location as the sun sets. It is about a five minute walk south of town.
Written 7 October 2021
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Aideen L.
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Such an atmospheric place and with fascinating history. There’s a lovely walk that snakes around the abbey and cemetery along the bay. It’s lovely to walk there at night too and you can sit and look out over the bay and up at the stars. It’s peaceful and well maintained also. There are some very old gravestones which are interesting to read. A lovely spot. Right beside the town too.
Written 17 August 2020
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