Ramelton > Mary Haggan's Town Guide  




Foreword

Ramelton is a small town in north Donegal. It is situated on the south bank of the picturesque River Leannan which flows into Lough Swilly. For many years its population remained at around 1200 persons but a booming construction industry has brought about a recent increase in population. The history of Ramelton and the surrounding area dates to the fifth century when an early monastery was built on Aughnish Island. At this time the Irish lived in forts, one of which was Rath Maeltain. There is evidence of later Viking settlement and the Plantation which took place in Ulster in the early seventeenth century. Prehistoric evidence of human activity dates back to the Mesolithic era as shown by the well preserved middens on the shores of Lough Swilly.
The area contains a rich history linking 10,000 years of human settlement.

Today Ramelton is a residential town with a number of small businesses. It is a pleasant and interesting town to visit because of its architecture and location on the estuary. This book is intended to provide you with information on the natural and cultural history of the area and guide you on an historic tour of the town.
Some of illustrations were made prior to recent structural alterations.

The walk may take up to four hours to complete, but it can be done in stages. There are some hills but most it is easy to walk.


Mary Haggan,

Ramelton

If you are interested to buy this informative guide for only 8.50 Euro (+postage), please contact Mary at: hagganmary8@gmail.com


Introduction

These walks have been written to guide you along some of the country roads in a small corner of County Donegal, near the town of Ramelton. They will take you through an area known as the Loughside, which is surrounded on three sides by Lough Swilly and boasts a variety of both native and migrant bird life.
Along with the natural features of the landscape, there are numerous built heritage sites. These include houses, bridges and the site of old mills. The archaeological monuments include a Mesolithic shore midden (7000 B.C.), sites of Iron Age forts (400 A.D.), a Viking ecclesiastical foundation (900 A.D.) and a Plantation fort (1600 A.D.). There are a number of beautiful stone bridges still in use in the area. Where a stream goes under the road it is worth taking a look at the bridge underneath.

The walks contained in this collection will guide you along some of the country roads in this region while focusing on aspects of particular interest along the way. The rocks, flowers, birds, shore life, field systems, houses and ancient monuments are all part of a story; the story of the natural environment and the cultural impact of the people who lived in it.


Mary Haggan,

Ramelton

This beautiful illustrated booklet is available for just €5.00 (+postage). Please contact Mary at: hagganmary8@gmail.com
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