Welcome to Buncrana

John Newton, the composer of 'Amazing Grace', was inspired to write his legendary song after his ship the Greyhound took refuge in the calm waters of Lough Swilly during a severe storm in 1748. He and his crew were welcomed in Buncrana after their near-death experience and his spiritual journey from slave trader to antislavery campaigner had its beginnings here. He went on to become a prolific hymn writer and later mentored William Wilberforce in his fight against slavery. For more on the story, visit www.amazinggrace.ie.

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Mysteries of Inishowen private day tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Grianan Of Aileach, County DonegalA ring fort built c. 1700 BC Duration: 30 minutesStop At: O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle, Buncrana, County DonegalA 15th century Norman tower house that was home to Cahir O'Doherty, the last chieftain of Inishowen and played a significant part to the history of Inishowen and Ulster as a whole. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Fort Dunree Military Museum, Buncrana, County DonegalA visit to Fort Dunree will include a video film presentation in the audio-visual theatre, access to museum displays which fully demonstrate life at Fort Dunree, showing its vital role in coastal defense, neutrality protection and a range of coastal artillery.The underground bunkers also house a collection of artifacts that give meaning and insight into the day to day operation of the Fort.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Mamore Gap, Clonmany, County DonegalOne of the most scenic passes in Ireland overlooking lough Swilly, the village of Uris, Dunaff and Leenan beachDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Carrickabraghy Castle, Clonmany, County DonegalCarrickabraghy Castle stands at the north-western extremity of the Isle of Doagh, at the head of Pollan Bay.Built in the 16th century on a rocky promontory with spectacular views of the Donegal hills and headlands, this O’Doherty stronghold stands on the site of a pre-Viking settlement Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Five Fingers Strand, Malin, County DonegalFrom an upper viewing point, we'll see Pollen Bay, some of the highest sand dunes in Europe and in low tide, a ship wreck from the Spanish Armada! Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Malin Head, County DonegalAt the farthest northwest tip of the Island of Ireland, we'll see one of the most significant signal heads on the island as well as rugged coast line and natural beauty that the producers of Star Wars felt it perfect for one of their many film locations dotted throughout the country. Duration: 30 minutes