History of Burt Castle
Burt Castle, with its commanding view of Lough Swilly, was built during the mid-1500s as a stronghold to protect the southern portion of Ó Dochartaigh land. It was inhabited alternatively by the Ó Dochartaighs and by the English when the Ó Dochartaigh were allied to them. The holes in the castle are from practice shots fired by a British warship during World War I.
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View of both O'Doherty's Inch Island Castle as well as Burt Castle. The view of Burt begins 54 seconds in.
Other Resources to Check out
The archaeological site at Burt (Ireland National Monument Service RMP# DG046-015---) consisted of Burt Castle (RMP# DG046-015001), a hilltop enclosure (RMP# DG046-015002-), as well as a large stone house (RMP# DG046-015004-) within a bawn (RMP# DG046-015003-) and two timber houses (RMP# DG046-015005-) outside the bawn. View more at Historic Environment Viewer and County Donegal.
Visit Burt Castle!
The castle sits in the middle of a busy farm, privately owned by some friendly folk, so it's easy to miss visiting while taking a trip around the Irish countryside, unless you purpose to go there.