Sightseeing in County Donegal: Grianán of Aileach

The Grianán of Aileach is a National Monument in County Donegal. Kieron Gribbon pays it a revisit. 


I have often passed through the village of Burt when travelling from Belfast to the northwest of County Donegal. On those journeys, the An Grianán Hotel in the village would usually serve as a lunch stop. 

On this particular Friday evening (3rd August 2018), I arrived at the hotel for an overnight stay as part of a Highpointeering weekend on the Inishowen peninsula.

The circular front of the hotel (see above) has been designed to mimic the Grianán of Aileach, an ancient ringfort perched high above on an overlooking hilltop. The fort is a National Monument, and I had briefly visited it once with my parents about thirty years ago. 

On the Saturday morning, while I ate breakfast in the hotel’s Old Church restaurant, I decided to make an unscheduled revisit to the Grianán of Aileach. After check out, I jumped in the car and drove up. 

This really is a stunning place with fantastic views (if you get nice weather). If you are passing by, or staying at An Grianán Hotel, I can thoroughly recommend a visit to the Grianán of Aileach. My visit is summarised in this series of  Instagram posts.

View this post on Instagram

#GriananOfAileach, #Burt, #CountyDonegal

A post shared by Kieron Gribbon (@kierongribbon) on

View this post on Instagram

Entrance to #GriananOfAileach, #Burt, #CountyDonegal

A post shared by Kieron Gribbon (@kierongribbon) on

One thought on “Sightseeing in County Donegal: Grianán of Aileach

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.