Grianan Of Aileach

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A photo of the fort from a previous visit.

Grianan Of Aeleach is a stone ringfort, found on top of Grianan Hill in Inishowen, Co. Donegal. The fort is thought to date from the 6th or 7th century, and may have been used as a defensive royal residence or for ceremonial purposes. It was extensively restored in 1870. I have been at the site many times, and recently, on the same day as my visit to Lisfannon beach, took another trip to the ancient structure.

Its hilltop postion means there are good views over the surrounding area, icluding parts of Donegal, Derry and even Tyrone.

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The view towards Inch Island, Lough Swilly and Fanad from the hill top.

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Looking towards the Derryveagh Mountains.

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A few views from a walk around the external circular wall.

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The view of the inner walls of the fort, and standing on top of the walls surveying the surrounding countryside.

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Looking along the River Foyle to Co. Tyrone.

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A view over Derry City.

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Towards the Bluestack Mountains.

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The narrow doorway from inside.

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The fort is very accessible as there is a road right to the top of the hill, with carparking. As a result, anyone can make it up to enjoy the views, with the added interest of a piece of ancient Ireland.

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