With the City of Derry / Londonderry and the Inishowen Peninsula nearby, there's lots to see and do!
Burt is a small, friendly, rural community strategically located on the main thoroughfare which links the Republic of Ireland, with the North of Ireland. The Old Parochial House is located in the R.O.I., approx 3 miles from the border with the north. As a result, Burt annually plays host to thousands of visitors from all over the world as they stop off to sample Burt’s main attraction Grianan of Aileach, an ancient stone fort.
Grianan of Aileach Fort (Burt)
This mysterious ancient ring fort is unquestionably the most interesting antiquity in Inishowen. Built of dry stones, the circular fort commands one of the most breathtaking views to be found anywhere in Ireland, Looking down on a vast panorama of fields, mountains, valleys, rivers and ocean, that covers five counties – its a must see for any visitor.
The ruins of the 16th century Burt castle can be seen on an imposing hill in the near distance. Although access is now difficult it is still worth stopping to view what was the thief fortress and head quarters of Sir Ciahir o Doherty who was the last Irish chieftain of Inishowen. All that remains today of the original structure is the central tower.
St Aengus Church (Burt)
Award winning architecture.
The external design of the modern building, is based on the circular shape of the ancient Grianan of Aileach Fort on the hill top, just a few miles away.
The Old Church Visitors Centre
Check out the exciting Centre onsite at An Grianan Hotel, in Burt, Inishowen, Co.Donegal. The Centre displays some of the latest multimedia technological exhibits surrounding the mythical Tuatha De Danann Race of Gods and Warriors. It also focuses attention on the Grianan of Aileach Ringfort plus the local heritage and culture of the surrounding area.
Inch Wild Fowl Reserve
Located opposite the Old Parochial House, the reserve supports a wide diversity of wintering wild fowl notably Hooper swans and geese as well as breeding kerns, gulls, waders and duck. Also, it is a haven for a variety of farmland birds and birds of prey. There are a number of bird hides, from which you can view.