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Visit Fort Dunree in Buncrana, County Donegal, a military museum giving special emphasis on coastal artillery and military history. During World War II Irish forces were stationed at Fort Dunree to prevent the warring nations violating the country’s neutrality. Fort Dunree houses a fascinating display of military memorabilia, large guns and artefacts from the 20th century.

Fort Dunree in Buncrana, County Donegal, was built in 1798 following the arrest of Wolfe Tone, the Fort was extended in the late 19th century. It provided protection to the British naval fleet anchored in Lough Swilly, prior to World War I Battle of Jutland. Dunree was handed over to the Irish Free State in 1938. It was first opened to the public in 1986.

A visit to Fort Dunree will include a video film presentation in the audiovisual theatre, access to the museum displays which fully demonstrate life at Fort Dunree, showing its vital role in coastal defence, neutrality protection and a range of coastal artillery. The underground bunkers house a collection of artefacts that give meaning and insight into the day to day operation of the Fort.

The landscape of Fort Dunree is the result of millions of years of volcanic activity and erosion by wind and ice. In its spectacular natural location, Fort Dunree is rich in wildlife. There are 3 main types of habitat around Fort Dunree, the open sea, the coast and the blanket bog that covers the hills and exposed cliff tops. Beyond the spectacular sea cliffs which surround Fort Dunree, the waters of Lough Swilly are rich in marine life. Visit the interesting Wildlife Discovery Room in the Saldanha Suite.

There are 3 scenic walking trails to enjoy and walking around Dunree Point is one of the highlights when visiting the striking Inishowen Peninsula.

Sit and enjoy the surrounding views of rolling hills and majestic cliff tops in The Coffee Cup café.

Why we like it
  • Fort Dunree houses a fascinating display of military memorabilia, large guns and artefacts from the 20th century.
  • Fort Dunree is rich in wildlife and this is detailed in the Wildlife Discovery Room in the Saldanha Suite.
  • Enjoy a picnic along one of the scenic walking trails around Dunree Point.
  • Visit the Rockhill Collection showcasing a collection of military memorabilia, military equipment and uniforms.
  • Stop at one of the most scenic coffee shops in Ireland, The Coffee Cup.
Tips from locals

Bring your camera along the walk up the hill behind Fort Dunree for the most spectacular views of Lough Swilly.

Tips from locals

Try kayaking, snorkelling and coasteering in the waters below Fort Dunree.

Tips from locals

In the distant skyline, look out for the ancient monument of 'An Grianán of Aileach', one of Ireland’s most important pre-historic forts.

Family friendly
Rainy days
Free car parking
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Contact details
Dunree View, Leophin, Linsfort, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1.5 to 2 hours here.

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