History & Heritage

Situated at Ireland’s most northerly point, Inishowen is wild, rugged, and spectacularly beautiful; yet it remains relatively untouched and unspoilt. Predating the formation of Donegal by centuries, the area was named Inis Eoghain (Island of Owen) after Eoghan, the son of Niall of the Nine Hostages; High King of Ireland. This dramatic peninsula is strewn with ancient sites and monuments, including prehistoric burial chambers and rock art, Celtic crosses, forts and the ruins of several castles. An Grianán of Aileach remains one of the most impressive sites, providing breathtaking views of Inch Island below, and an excellent panorama of Counties Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Antrim.

Follow the Inishowen 100 Drive, discover the past in the present and immerse yourself in the rich history and heritage of this stunning region.

Morton God Dolmen

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Iskaheen Park, Eskaheen, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Directions: Situated in the middle of boggy land on the a mountain road (L1891) 0.75 km past the church at [...]

Northburgh Castle

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5, Eleven Ballyboes, The Fort, Co. Donegal, F93 T2P2, Ireland

Directions: Situated in the village of Greencastle on the Stroove Road. It can be easily viewed from the car park [...]

Cooley Cross & Skull House

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Unnamed Road, Co. Donegal, Ireland

GPS Co-ordinates: 55.188839, -7.061632 Directions: 0.25km outside the town of Moville and well signposted road off the main Moville – [...]

Carrowmore High Cross

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Unnamed Road, Co. Donegal, Ireland

GPS Co-ordinates: 55.256384, -7.189454 Directions: 6km from Culdaff, just off the main Carndonagh – Moville road. This site is signposted [...]

Cloncha High Cross

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Cloncha Church and Cross, Clonca, Culdaff, County Donegal, Ireland

Video by Brendan Diver from www.photosfromireland.com   Directions: 3km from Culdaff, off the Culdaff -Moville road. Approximately 1.5km along this [...]

Temple of Deen

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R238, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Directions: 2km from Culdaff in the direction of Moville and situated on top of the low hill of Deen, which [...]

Wee House Of Malin

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Unnamed Road, Ballygorman, Co. Donegal, Ireland

GPS Co-ordinates: 55.368169, -7.317768 Directions: Situated 4km from the junction at Bree, travelling from Malin on the coast road continue, [...]

Donagh Cross

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Church Rd, Gort Glebe, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Directions: On the main Carndonagh – Ballyliffin road just outside the town centre along the roadside on your left. Beside [...]

Carrickabraghy Castle

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Unnamed Road, Carrickabraghy, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Directions: Follow the main road to the coast. At the junction at the Famine Village turn left. The Castle is [...]

St. Columba’s Church Straid

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Unnamed Road, Gaddyduff, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Directions: 1.5km from Clonmany on the right hand side before the Waterfall at the Glen House. Description: As well as [...]

O’Doherty’s Keep

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30 Cahir O'Doherty Ave, Ardaravan, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, F93 WP78, Ireland

Directions: Located near the mouth of the Crana River in Swan Park. Description: The O’Dohertys were the Gaelic lords of [...]

St Mura’s cross

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7 The Rectory, Carrontlieve, Fahan, Co. Donegal, F93 W5R2, Ireland

Directions: Situated in the graveyard of the old abbey which lies alongside the main Buncrana to Derry Road in the [...]

An Grianán of Aileach

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Grianan of Aileach, Carrowreagh, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Directions: 4km from the village of Bridgend in the direction of Letterkenny, take the signposted road at Burt Circular Chapel [...]

Irish Ancestral Research

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Family history in Ireland and Overseas. About Us Professional Genealogist and Tour Guide – Based in Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland [...]