Inch Castle in
INCH Castle, located on the
Doherty family farm, is in private ownership. However,
as it is also an officially recorded monument, the
family liaise with the National Monuments Service about
safety and maintenance issues.
Discussions are currently underway concerning historical
information plaques for the 15th century castle to
provide information on the monument’s heritage. The new
signage would allow the public to engage with the castle
from a safe distance.
“We are delighted to be working with the West Inishowen
History and Heritage Society on new signage,” says a
spokesperson for the Doherty family. “We have submitted
a funding application for the signage to the County
New fencing has recently been approved. “The fencing is
unobtrusive and will not block viewing of the castle
from the beach or the Farland Bank walkway. It will
protect the castle, which has been in disrepair for
centuries, whilst also protecting the public and safety
at the site.” added the spokesperson.
Inch Castle was built
around 1430 by the Gaelic Irish lord, Neachtain
O’Donnell for his father-in-law Cahir O’Doherty.
O’Doherty was the last Gaelic Chief of the O'Doherty
clan and was Lord of Inishowen. Inch was an island at
the time the castle was built and was considered to be a
highly secure site. It guarded the waters of Lough
Swilly and the heartlands of the O’Doherty’s land.