Ramelton, Co. Donegal

Ramelton (Gaelic: Ráth Mealtain) is a picturesque heritage town situated at the mouth of the River Lennon, 11km (6.5 miles) north of Letterkenny and 4km (2.5 miles) east of Milford on the western shores of Lough Swilly in County Donegal. The town is named from Ráth Mealtain, 'the fort of Mealtan', an early Irish chieftain. 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 Europe in 1607.

Lovely riverside walks, an ancient stone bridge and handsome houses will encourage you to stop. It is a planned village of 17th century origins.

The town has hosted the Lennon Festival since 1970. It is the birthplace of Francis Makemie, often referred to as the founder of Presbyterianism in the United States; the great Glasgow Celtic footballer Patsy Gallacher, and All Blacks captain Dave Gallaher.

There is an old Meeting House in the village where Makemie preached that now contains a library and a genealogical centre.


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