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The Fort Bar, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

An Grianan Hotel, Speenogue, Burt
Co. Donegal

Tel: +353 (0)74 9368900
Fax: +353 (0)74 9368906
Proprietor: Shaun & Pearse Callaghan

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The Fort Bar is cosy and charming and offers an exceptional warm welcome and personal service to all its guests.  It is named after a popular local attraction situated close by known as "Grianan of Aileach".  This is a stone fort which was built in the early centuries of the Christian era.  It offers amazing views over 3 countries (Co. Derry, Co. Donegal & Co. Tyrone) and has a fantastic history behind it.

The Fort Bar has used the history of the local area to enhance the appeal for anyone who wishes to come visit the "Grianan of Aileach".  We are a considerably new and modern establishment but are still in keeping with the local area, which the local community appreciate and also visitors say is an extremely attractive quality to have.  The location of the Fort Bar puts us at an advantage as we are situated on a major road to both Derry which is only 10 mins away and Letterkenny which is only 20 mins away.  We are easily accessed and have a large car park for customers to avail of with no charge or hassle.

An Grianan Hotel is a 5-star hotel which has a lot to offer all visitors.  One of the main facilities we cater for would be weddings.  The "Tuatha De Danann" suite is our main function room and is capable of hosting a wedding reception/function for 350 guests.  The function room is circular in shape and offers a large bar appointed to perfection the function room is tastefully furnished and has a large central dome which allows the sun to flood in and bathe the room in a warm glow.  The Old Church Restaurant which is as its name suggests was once formerly a Church of Ireland around 100 - 150 years ago.  It has been carefully restored to keep most of its original features like the stain glass windows.  You can sit in front of our open fire, or have an intimate candle-lit dinner with someone special in our upstairs restaurant, while our dedicated team of chefs prepare the finest local ingredients to tempt your taste buds.  We pride ourselves in customer services so some and enjoy true Irish hospitality at the newest and plushest hotel in Donegal.

 Whether you are looking for a quiet drink in a relaxing atmosphere or something a bit more lovely, An Grianan's Fort Bar offers impressive facilities that has something to suit everyone with regular weekend "live music" and two of the hotel's bars offering Sky and Setanta Sports on 3 wide-screen plasma TV's, you can either dance the night away or just sit back and relax.  Our open plan Fort Bar & Lounge extends into our newly designed beer garden where you can take advantage of those balmy sunny evenings and enjoy a drink in the open air.  We also offer an outdoor smoking area equipped with seating and which is also heated.

 An Grianan Hotel boasts 41 opulently decorated bedrooms with classic and contemporary furnishing and rich textures.  Our honeymoon suite is the ultimate lavish experience for any newly married couple.  It is elegantly and impeccably designed which breathes luxury with soft and subtle colours which complement the comfortable furnishing for a romantic memorable experience.  Our executive suite is larger in dimension than our standard rooms and offers a little bit of extra luxury for that special occasion or romantic getaway.

Local Attractions

An Grianan Hotel is located in the Inishowen Peninsula which boasts some of the finest scenery in Ireland with many interesting historic attractions just a stones throw from the hotel including "Grianan of Aileach" and Burt Castle both with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.  The Isle of Doagh Visitors Centre in Inishowen which is about an hours drive from the hotel, houses a series of exhibitions about the Irish struggle against hunger as they were pushed out of their territory.  This is also the location of Santa's Island at Christmas.

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Whats on Offer:

  • Food
  • Late Bar
  • Live Music
  • Parties Catered For
  • Pub Quiz
  • Restaurant
  • Sport
  • Transport


  • Accommodation
  • Baby-changing Facilities
  • Beer Garden
  • Car Parking
  • Coach Tours
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Run
  • Function Room
  • High Chairs
  • Open Fire
  • Smoking Area
  • Wheelchair Access


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