co. Donegal

these are images of locations in county donegal north

Rathmullan Gun Battery (The Flight of the Earls Centre), Rathmullan. co.Donegal 1810

Rathmullan is a beautiful seaside village located on the western shore of the spectacular Fanad Peninsula. It's name in Irish (Ráth Maoláin) means 'Maoláin's ringfort'. There are many historical sites in the area including the ruins [...]

O’Doherty’s Keep, Buncrana. co. Donegal c.1300? (Bun Cranncha-‘foot of the River Crana’)

This interesting little building is located in Buncrana on the estuary of the Crana River and is locally  known as 'O'Doherty's Keep'. The structure resembles a fortified tower house from the 15th century but recent [...]

Doon Fort, Portnoo. co. Donegal. c.500 a.d

Doon Fort is an ancient ring fort hidden away on Doon Lough near the coastal village of Portnoo. It was built as a place of refuge 1500 years ago and it's walls stand 4.8m high [...]

Kilclooney Dolmen, Kilclooney. co. Donegal c.3500 b.c.

The beautiful Kilclooney Dolmen dates from c 3500 b.c and is regarded as one of the finest examples of a portal tomb in the country. It's impressive capstone measures 13 wide, 20 feet long and [...]

The Ardmore Gallen Stone, Muff. co.Donegal c.1500 – 500 b.c ?

The Ardmore Gallen Stone stands over 6 feet tall in a field near the village of Muff overlooking Lough Foyle. More than 10,000 standing stones have been recorded in Ireland and many were used for [...]

Morton God Portal Tomb, Iskaheen. co. Donegal c.3500 > 2500 b.c

The Morton God Dolmen is the largest portal tomb in Inishowen and possibly the oldest structure. It is located half way up a mountain in a scenic location overlooking Lough Foyle and it's name remains [...]

Donegal Castle, Donegal Town. co.Donegal -1474

Donegal Castle was built by Hugh Roe O'Donnell in 1474 and is regarded as one of the finest and strongest Gaelic castles in Ireland. It consists of a 15th-century rectangular keep with a Jacobean style [...]

St Mura’s Cross, Fahan. co.Donegal 7th century a.d

St Mura's Cross is located in the ancient monastery of Fahan. These rare 'slab' type crosses are generally believed to be the precursor to the typical Celtic Irish High Crosses that people associate with Ireland. [...]

Buncrana Castle, Buncrana. co.Donegal 1718 (Bun Cranncha-‘foot of the River Crana’)

During the 18th century large manor houses like this one were known as 'Castles'. This house was built by Colonel George Vaughan between 1716-18 and is the earliest and most important of the big houses [...]

Inch Island, Lough Swilly. co. Donegal (An Inse -‘island’//Loch Súilí,- ‘Lake of Shadows)

Inch Island is a beautiful small island in Lough Swilly that is now connected to the mainland. In 1855, The Lough Swilly Railway Company, drained marshland near Inch and created two man made embankments which [...]

Voted 2nd most beautiful beach in the World.. Ballymastocker Bay, Portsalon. co. Donegal

Ballymastocker Bay is a spectacular Blue Flag beach located on the Fanad Peninsula in county Donegal. It was once voted the 2nd most beautiful in the World by readers of the Observer Magazine (pipped to [...]

The highest sea cliffs in Europe – Slieve League, Glencolumcille. co.Donegal

The dramatic Slieve League cliffs are situated on the south west coast of Donegal and are reputed to be among the highest marine cliffs in Europe. The cliffs rise 1972 feet above the Atlantic Ocean [...]

Voted ‘Building of the Century’ – St.Aengus’ Church, Burt. co.Donegal 1967

This stunning and timeless church located in Burt, co. Donegal was designed by local award winning architects Frank Corr and Liam McCormick. It is regarded as a masterpiece of design and was awarded 'Building of [...]

Doe Castle, Cresslough. co.Donegal – c.1500

Doe Castle is located on the shore of Sheephaven Bay in County Donegal. It sits on a small peninsula, surrounded on 3 sides by water with a moat cut into the rock. The castle was [...]

The Skull House, Moville. co.Donegal – c.6th century a.d

This curious looking is called the Skull House. It measures 8.5 X 6.5 feet and may have served as an oratory. It stands within a graveyard in the parish of Cooley overlooking Lough Foyle and [...]

Carrowmore West Cross, Gleneely. co.Donegal. c.7th – 9th century a.d

The 2 crosses at Carrowmore are national monuments and are the most primitive looking of the 6 Inishowen High Crosses and almost resemble standing stones (which are dated much earlier). The site was called 'Both [...]

Carrowmore Cross East, Gleneely. co.Donegal – c.10th century a.d

6 High Crosses can be found on Inishowen. The 2 crosses located in Carrowmore are national monuments and are so primitive looking that they almost resemble standing stones.  The site was called 'Both Chonais Monastery' [...]

Carndonagh Cross, Carndonagh. co.Donegal – c.7th century a.d

This National Monument is one of the earliest and most important High Crosses in Ireland. High Crosses developed from slab crosses which as the name suggests were big slabs of granite with crosses carved onto [...]

The Bocan Stone Circle, Culdaff. co.Donegal – c.3000 b.c.>1500 b.c

This is the Bocan Stone Circle located on Bocan Hill just outside the village of Culdaff on the Inishowen Peninsula. Stone circles may have been sun temples but no one really knows what shenanigans were [...]

Malin Bridge, Malin Town. co.Donegal – 1758

The beautiful 10 arched Malin Bridge was built in 1758. It is built over the Ballyboe river and is said to be the second longest and probably the most northerly bridge in Ireland. The town [...]

Carrickabraghy Castle, Doagh Island. co.Donegal – c.1590

Carrickabraghy Castle was one of a network of castles built to defend and protect the Inishowen lands belonging to the O'Doherty clan in the late 1500's. It was built using sea-sand mortar on a strategic [...]

The Curiousity Shop, Malin Head. co.Donegal

The Curiosity Shop in Malin Head is the country’s most northerly shop. It is covered wall-to-wall in every type of bric-a brac including pictures or Arthur Guinness, unusual wine bottle openers, old posters, old coins, [...]

Northburg Castle, Greencastle. co.Donegal – 1305

Northburg Castle is locally known as 'Greencastle' and was one of the most impressive Norman castles built in Ireland. It was built by Richard de Burgh in 1305 (The Red Earl of Ulster) on a [...]

The Temple of Deen, Culdaff. co.Donegal – c.1500 b.c>2500 b.c

These strange looking granite rocks are the remains of a central chamber of a large prehistoric burial monument. It is popularly known as  'The Temple of Deen' and dates from between 2500bc - 1500bc.  It [...]

Cloncha Cross, Culdaff. co.Donegal – c.10th century a.d

This tall slender Celtic Cross is a national monument and stands over 12 feet high in one of the most important early Christian sites in Inishowen. This monastic site was reputedly founded by St Morialagh [...]

Cloncha Church, Culdaff. co.Donegal – built c.1600 on ancient site

This National Monument is Cloncha Church located near the village of Culdaff. This location is one of the most important early Christian sites in Ireland and from the sixth century onwards, it was favoured by [...]

Old Irish Cottage, Culdaff. co.Donegal – c.1800

This is a beautiful example of an unaltered traditional Irish cottage. Such cottages date from c.1700 onwards as prior to that, our ancestors lived in round hut style dwellings built of wattle and daub. These [...]

Banba’s Crown, Malin Head. co.Donegal – 1805

This is Ireland's most northerly building on the mainland. It was named 'Banba' after the mythological patron goddess of Ireland. It was built by the British in 1805 as a Napoleonic lookout tower to help [...]

Dunree Lighthouse, Dunree Head. co.Donegal -1876 (Dun Fhraoigh-“Fort of the Heather”)

Dunree Lighthouse is built 46m above the high water sea level and has incredible views over Lough Swilly and out to the wild Atlantic. It was built in 1876 after the Duke of Abercorn requested [...]

Buncrana Lighthouse, Buncrana. co.Donegal – 1876 (Bun Cranncha-‘foot of the River Crana’)

This lighthouse stood in Buncrana for 133 years from 1876 until 2009 after which it was condemned to the scrap yard. The diligent Buncrana Historical Society however convinced The Buncrana Town Council to save it [...]

Burt Castle, Burt. co.Donegal – c.1580

Burt Castle was built around 1560 - 1580 and and would have originally been located on an island surrounded by marshland. This was just one of a network of castles built around Inishowen by the [...]

Fahan House, Fahan. co.Donegal – c.1765

Fahan House is a beautiful ivy clad Georgian house located in Fahan, co.Donegal. Fahan means 'little green field' in Irish and has the ruins of an important 6th-century monastery which features a 7th-century cross-slab of [...]

The Squeelin’ Pig Pub, Muff. co.Donegal – est. c.1880

Had to include this historic pub for the great name alone! located in the village of Muff (also a great name!) in co. Donegal. If you are planning to explore this area CLICK HERE [...]

St Columba’s Chapel, Quigley’s Point. co.Donegal – 1871

This 'barn' styled gothic building is St. Columba’s Church. It is located on an elevated position with stunning views over Lough Foyle. It was built in 1871 close to the site of an early Christian [...]

The Cooley Cross, Moville. co.Donegal. c.8th or 9th century a.d

This interesting cross is located just the grounds of an ancient monastery founded by St.Finian around 500 a.d. on a hill overlooking Lough Foyle. This plain cross is 10 feet high and has an odd [...]

Shrove Lighthouse, Shrove. co.Donegal – 1839

Strove Lighthouse is located on a beautiful beach where Lough Foyle meets the wild Atlantic. This shipping lane was used extensively by oceanliners carrying immigrants to America and Australia. The coast along this part of [...]

Church of All Saints, Newtowncunningham. co.Donegal – 1999

This beautiful Catholic church was built in 1999 at a cost of €1.2 million. It's design is based on St.Peter's fishing boat (or barque) as it was a powerful symbol of the early Christian church. [...]

St Mura’s Parish Church, Fahan. co.Donegal – 1820

This church is located in the beautiful village of Fahan and dates from 1820. It takes it's name from a local saint, Mura, who was a relative of St.Columba. Mura is regarded as the patron [...]

Grainan of Aileach, Burt. co.Donegal site -c.1700 b.c Ring Fort c.500 a.d (‘Stone Palace of the Sun’)

Grainan of Aileach sits on a hilltop 800 feet above sea level and is one of Ireland's most stunning locations. Its name is believed to translate to 'the stone palace with the sunny [...]

Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe. co.Donegal c.1400 b.c > 800 b.c

This national monument is one of the largest and earliest stone circles in Ireland with a diameter of 145 feet. It originally comprised of 80 upright stones of which 64 still stand and probably dates [...]

Dunree Fort, Buncrana. co.Donegal – 1798 (Dun Fhraoigh-“Fort of the Heather”)

Dunree Fort is strategically situated near the mouth of Lough Swilly in an area of stunning natural beauty. It has been attacked many times over the years by nearly everyone trying to get a foothold [...]

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