Northwest Ireland Attractions

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Donegal Castle

Donegal Town

Built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke.

An Grianan Ailigh

Letterkenny

An Grianan Ailigh is a mysterious circular stone structure which dates back to 1700BC. The ring fort sits 750 feet above sea level and the views of the surrounding countryside are outstanding.

Broighter Gold

Limavady

One of the finest collections of gold ever discovered in Ireland was unearthed in Broighter in 1896. The 2000-year-old hoard included a small boat-shaped ornament, a bowl, neckless and an intricately carved tonic of Celtic design.The original collection is now in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

Buncrana Castle

Inishowen

The Crana River and the arched bridge which leads to the castle are in a heavily wooded area. The walk along the banks of the river evoke a medieval atmosphere.

Carndonagh Cross

Inishowen

Most historians date the cross to the 7th century and a few others date it to the 5th Century. The majority clearly state that it is a Christian cross, however the symbols on it are clearly pre-Christian.

Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery

Ballinamore

Carrowkeel is a beautifully situated megalithic hill top passage tomb cemetery, consisting of 14 passage cairns

Colmcille Heritage Centre

Letterkenny

Featuring Saint Colmcille (Colomba), Patriarch of the Irish Monasticism and Scottish Church. The story is told with artistically designed banners, stained glass, illustrated panels and step by step illustration of ancient manuscript fabrication

Dow Castle

Letterkenny

The central tower of the Castle is surrounded by a powerful bawn-wall over looking the sea on three sides. As one of Donegal's strongest fortifications, Doe Castle played a pivotal role in Irish history.

Drumcliffe Churchyard

Drumcliffe

Irish poet W.B. Yeats chose the tiny churchyard as his final resting place. He wanted to lie beneath Benbulben in eternity.

Father McDyer's Folk Museum

Glencolumbkille

In the sixth century, Glencolmcille was chosen as a base by St. Columba, one of Ireland's three patron saints, along with Patrick and Brigid. The name Glencolmcille, or "Gleann Cholm Cille" in the Irish language, literally means "The Glen of St. Columba's Church."
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