Grianan Of Aileach, County Donegal

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  • August 16, 2017
    The fort itself is already really nice and well restored, but the 360 view you have from this hilltop is amazing. Free entry, free parking and a small coffee van make it a very nice experience.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Fantastic views and the fortress itself is easily accessible. Hope not too many other tourists so that your beautiful photos. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This hillfort up a long winding lane is just stunning. On a good day you can see 20 miles in every direction and you just cannot believe our ancestors could build something so beutiful so long ago. I ...  more »
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  • February 25, 2017
    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!!
  • June 6, 2017
    Worth the detour, magnificent view on all the surrounding areas. The fort is nice but not a lot to see apart of the view
  • June 13, 2017
    One of my favourite places in Donegal excellent views of Lough swilly and the foyle right into County Tyrone Visit here ...
  • May 17, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    Spectacular views from this ancient monument a must visit if in the area

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