Fort Dunree has it all – history, wildlife, walks, water sports and the most scenic coffee shop in Ireland!
If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a spectacular day in Donegal, put Fort Dunree on your list.
Fort Dunree is located about seven miles north of Buncrana on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal.
The site is situated along the shores of Lough Swilly commanding a majestic view of the Lough and its shorelines. Near to the spot where Wolfe Tone was brought ashore in 1798, a small fort was erected to guard against the possible return of a French invasion fleet.
In the late 19th Century the fort was modernised and enlarged with the building of the “Top Fort” on Dunree Hill. During World War I it stood guard whilst Admiral Lord Jellicoe’s Fleet anchored in Lough Swilly prior to engaging the German Navy at the Battle of Jutland. Control of the Fort was transferred to the Irish Free State just before World War II.
The Fort Dunree heritage museum complex was originally opened to the public in 1986, and has provided interest for the tourists of all ages ever since. It has also been a source of great pleasure and reminiscence for those of a military background, whether having served at the post or just been involved in its military history.
In its natural spectacular setting, Fort Dunree is rich in wildlife, some of it unique to the area. This is explained by a beautiful wildlife exhibition with sea life and birdlife displays. A Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way, Fort Dunree houses a Military Museum, Wildlife Discovery Room and a network of walkways that are a must for any visitor to the Inishowen Peninsula. In recent years Pier facilities have been developed on site so that Kayaking, Snorkelling and Coasteering can now be booked in association with Inish Adventures.
The Coffee Cup at Fort Dunree offers visitors a range of food prepared on site so sit back and enjoy “The most scenic Coffee Shop in Ireland”!
Opening Hours: June – September, Monday – Sunday 10.30 am – 6.00 pm
October – May, Monday – Friday 10.30 am – 4.30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 12.00 pm – 5.00 pmTags: