This is the view looking out from inside:
|Looking out towards Derry|
|View from inside|
Did you see what I just did there? Hmm...?? Yes, that was a scan of a print. And yes I do know it is pretty awful - but in my defence it has been a while since I was playing around with chemicals in a darkroom. The clouds I like. And the grass. It's just the circular stony thing in the middle that is rubbish - good job that's not important, then, isn't it? It's on Ilford RC Warmtone in Multigrade, in case you're interested.
|Stones everywhere - and no handrails|
It is said that St Patrick visited here in the 5th Century and baptised the local chieftain, Eoghan - which is where Inishowen gets it's name from (Inis Eoghan, or Isle of Eoghan). But I would take talk of St Patrick's visit with a pinch of salt - it's a bit like being a pub in England which has a sign saying 'Shakespeare drank here'.
|Looking towards Lough Swilly and Inishowen peninsula|
The nice thing about Ireland in general and Donegal in particular is that it's rare to get the full-on tourist experience at these sort of places. By that I mean in spite of Grianan of Aileach being quite impressive, there is no visitor's centre, no leaflets, no interactive computer-generated walk-through of the fort as some-one decided it might look like in the 5th Century and no entry costs. You just get the fort itself and all the time you want to dander about and waste film. Perfect, really.
What's that? Oh, you want to know what the view is like? Well it's pretty spectacular - nothing like in this snap, really, which is just a scan and a bit dark and horrible.
|Towards Inch and Lough Swilly|