Fort Dunree, County Donegal

Fort Dunree, County Donegal

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Fort Dunree or Dún Fhraoigh (meaning “Fort of the Heather” was a very important defensive site through the history of the area. For one, it acted as a station for Irish forces during World War II in order to prevent the warring nations from violating the country’s neutrality. In modern times however, it has become better known for the abundance of beautiful scenery that surrounds it as well as the varied wildlife which occupies the territory.

It is undoubtedly one of Inishowen’s most peaceful areas and Fort Dunree has been attracting visitors in their droves since it was first opened to the public in 1986. The fort serves many functions. It is the starting point for various scenic walks around the area. It is home to the “Guns of Dunree Exhibition”, the “Wildlife Discovery Room” and the “Rockhill Collection”. Additional facilities include a shop, café and conference room.

There are three main walks which can be taken around Dunree Point, which are marked along the way with a series of signposts, footpaths, detailed information boards, shelters, picnic tables and benches along the way so you can take in the beautiful scenery at a relaxing pace.

The first walk is the gentlest and features incredible views from the cliff tops, where you can observe the fascinating birdlife. The second walk around the perimeter of the “Top Fort” will see you exploring the area where the guns are still in place, allowing for an appreciation of the military significance of Fort Dunree. Part of this walk includes a steep climb up a series of steps. It’s tough work, but if you’re up to the challenge you’ll be rewarded with some more breath-taking views.

Finally the third and longest walk take in views of Crummie’s Bay (one of Inishowen’s most stunning and secluded beaches) as well as views of the ancient Grianan of Aileah (one of Ireland’s most important pre-historic sites).

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