Grianan of Aileach / Grianan of Ailiech
This is the entrance of Grianan of Aileach as it looks today. The palace was destroyed around the year 1000 AD by king Brian Boru and in 1870 it was restored again by Dr.Bernard of Derry, who restored the ringfort in a way, he thought it might have been. Grianan of Aileach is an old ring-fort, built on top of a mountain, about 10 km west of Derry. The walls are more than 4 meters thick and contain several chambers. The iron fence will be open day and night.
If you are on the R261 from Kilclooney towards Maas, take the turn off for 'Narin/Portnoo' it is a narrow countryroad, first you get to Narin Strand and continue on towards Portnoo and maybe leave your car on the side of the road and walk 5 minutes down to the pier, as the road to it is very narrow and windy.
This is a pretty little harbour from which you can see across to Narin Beach and Inniskeel Island. There is a coastal walk for those without vertigo (the path is narrow and in some places, steep rocks fall about 20 metres straight into the ocean) the path is just opposite the pier and it takes about 30 min. and you come to a green meadow beside a little brooke, there is plenty of watercress at certain times of the year.
Grianan of Ailiech / Grianan of Aileach
Grianan of Ailiech / Grianan of Aileach is the name of this great ringfort that was built between the years 500-1200 A.D. as the seat for the kings of Munster. You may find the remains of this keltic fortification 18km north-east of the village Letterkenny, high above a mountain overlooking all of the area and on a clear day you may see even Derry ( Londonderry ) from there as well.
Look at these strong walls, beeing wide more than 4 meters !
You may enter the ringfort freely and without restrictions day and night and step up the remains of the ancient walls in order to have a great panorama-view !!
Donegal, in Donegal. Like NY, NY.
"An outing to the big city!"
When you've lived in a tiny place like Glencolumbkille for six weeks, Donegal Town seems like a big city! They sell all sorts of things the Glen doesn't, like hats and notepads and Maryland cookies, and just a change of scenery can be really refreshing.
I spent several hours and rolls of film here on a Saturday trip away from the school. I ran into one of my friends here as well, which was a nice surprise, and she told me, "Is maith liom do hata." Yay!
"A faked display of 'old time' items"
This assortment of gear outside a shop looked really interesting, until I realised it was all props for the tourism industry. Kind of disappointing, but that's reality!
The post office was really disappointing as well, but maybe it was the 'big city' style. For more info on post offices check the general Ireland section.