The Mountsandel Fort is a prehistoric fort dating from the Mesolithic period, and reused in the Irish Middle Ages (10th to 11th century). Located in Coleraine, County Derry, this fort is a gigantic grassy mound dug into the centre of the fort, overlooking the River Bann. A site to see, for lovers of mysterious monuments!
Mountsandel Fort is a kind of earthwork located on the bank of the Bann River, and resembles a hill hollowed out at the top.
It is surrounded by a deep defensive ditch, dating from the 12th century. The oldest houses in Ireland, dating back to 7,000 years BC, were found here, as well as numerous carved flints and fragments of animal bones, now on display in the Ulster Museum…
Archaeological excavations have also revealed the presence of objects dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. A 1974 excavation uncovered countless pieces of medieval pottery from various utensils, pots and pipes…
The visit of the fort is free, and will allow you to discover a fabulous panorama on the town of Coleraine, and the river. To do so, just follow the small path specially designed for the occasion!
Duration: 45 minutes