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Grianan Of Aileach, County Donegal

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  • We made a last minute decision to wind our way up the narrow road to this ancient "fort" - and it was well worth it! Spectacular views across the Irish countryside for miles (along with a really stron...  more »
  • Very neat old fort. Small and just a,big stone circle. One,door in and then tiered inside with multiple steps up to the top. Great views,in all directions from the top.  more »
  • We didn't know about this place until a couple who shared breakfast with us at our B&B recommended it. So we stopped by and are so glad we did. It is a bit out of the way, and we received excellent di...  more »
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  • Loved it here! So quiet..only 1 other car...but not the best weather..I was told it is normally packed! Nice monument, free entry-amazing views of the local area...really!!! Will be back :) worth the trip!!
  • Worth the detour, magnificent view on all the surrounding areas. The fort is nice but not a lot to see apart of the view
  • One of my favourite places in Donegal excellent views of Lough swilly and the foyle right into County Tyrone Visit here ...
  • A lovely site, if a little over restored, with spectacular views. Part of a much larger archaeological complex atop the mountain. Parking available. Grianán of Aileach (or Ailigh) is situated on the summit of Greenan Mountain (itself a derivative of Grianán). The name Grianán of Aileach has been variously translated as "Stone Palace of the Sun", "Fortress of the Sun" and "Stone Temple of the Sun". Although heavily restored and rebuilt between 1874 and 1879 by Dr. Walter Bernard, a Derry antiquarian , there are no doubts as to the antiquity of the site as it is one of only five Irish locations marked on Ptolemy of Alexandria's 2nd century map of the world. The earthworks are the remains of a large hillfort that once enclosed the hill top, this is thought to have been built in the Late Bronze Age or Iron Age. The ramparts of the hillfort have been eroded by time and only hints of their former stature remain, but recent accurate surveys show that there were two sets of ramparts, an inner and outer. Both of the ramparts were comprised of a pair of banks and the total area enclosed by the outer boundary is about 5 acres.
  • Spectacular views from this ancient monument a must visit if in the area