The Doon Fort is an Irish archaeological site located near Ardara in County Donegal. Built on a small island, in the middle of Loughadoon Lake, it is a circular dry stone fort whose construction is said to have taken place between the late Iron Age and the early Middle Ages. Magnificent, it is a perfect example of an Irish circular fort, with its high and thick walls.
Although it is difficult to estimate the origins of the construction, one thing is certain: the fort was occupied by the Breslin clan in the 5th century, before becoming the residence of the O’Boyle clan, another very influential family of the region.
At that time, this type of fort was a symbol of governance and power. Its isolated location, in the middle of Lake Loughadoon, offered its occupants a strategic defensive position of choice: it made it possible to watch the comings and goings on the lake, while remaining safe behind the important walls of the building.
Today in ruins, the site is considered a real treasure of Irish heritage. Although its condition is deteriorating over time, many preservation projects have been launched between 2010 and 2017. Enough to ensure the conservation of the site for many years to come!
The Doo Fort is generally open to visitors. However, it requires taking a boat to reach the island, but the spectacle is worth the detour. It must be said that the building coexists in the middle of a fabulously wild nature, where the landscape changes according to the light and the time. A nice way to plunge into the heart of Irish History and to cut yourself off from the rest of civilization… while enjoying the magnificent views!