Grianan Ailigh

Burt, County Donegal

A circular stone fort located near Burt, County Donegal

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The Stone Fort of Grianan Ailigh sits on a hilltop in County Donegal. The origins of the fort date back to 1700 BC. It is linked to the Tuatha de Danann who invaded Ireland before the Celts and built stone forts on top of strategic hills. The round fort is built largely without mortar. The interior has three terraces and wooden structures were built against the terraces to provide accommodation. The outline of Bronze Age or Iron Age ramparts can be seen below the fort. It is thought that St Patrick visited the site in the 5th century and baptised the local chieftain, Eoghan here.


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Located near Burt, County Donegal.

Sat Nav: 55.023834,-7.427826

* Pictures; courtesy of photographic unit of the department of environment, heritage and local government.

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