Ramelton, from the Irish meaning “the fort of Mealtan”, is situated at the mouth of the River Lennon, on the western shores of Lough Swilly.
The fort is said to lie under the ruins of a medieval castle of the O’Donnells, the ruling family of West Donegal before their exile to mainland Europe in 1607.
In the early 16th century, the Killydonnell Friary, situated above Lough Swilly, was also built by Calvagh O’Donnell as a Franciscan Friary.
It is suspected that there was an earlier church here, dating back to the 10th century.
Ramelton was settled by English and Scots planters during the Ulster Plantation of the 17th century and is the site of the oldest Presbyterian church in Ireland.
Lovely riverside walks, an ancient stone bridge and handsome houses will encourage you to stop on your travels.
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