There will be no tours of the Castle this summer .
Admission to the grounds is free.
Currently there is no access to the keep.
Nestled in an inlet of Sheephaven Bay in County Donegal, skirting the wild waters of the Atlantic, stands Doe Castle – the medieval stronghold of the MacSweeneys.
The fortress was built in the 1420s. For almost 200 years it served as home, refuge and bastion for at least 13 MacSweeney chiefs – some of whom were party and witness to the most seismic events of Irish history.
For example, MacSweeney chief Eoghan Og II gave shelter to survivors of the 1588 Spanish Armada fleet at Doe. The last chief of the castle, Maolmhuire an Bhata Bhui, marched out with Red Hugh O’Donnell, lord of Tyrconnell, to the Battle of Kinsale in 1601.
An exquisite carved and ornamented Mac Sweeney grave-slab, dating from 1544, is on show inside the tower house. Display panels onsite chronicle the castle’s history in fascinating detail.
Daily from 09:00 – 18:00
The grounds are open all year around.
Seasonal Opening Times
- Car park
- Limited Access
Nearby sites to visit
Glebe Gallery and Garden – Derek Hill House
Explore a world-class collection of art
Approx. 14.8 km from Doe Castle
Newmills Corn and Flax Mills
Delve into Ulster’s industrial heritage
Approx. 23.2 km from Doe Castle
Grianán of Aileach
A magnificent hillfort connected to the gods of mythical legend
Approx. 30.4 km from Doe Castle