The Rough Fort preserved for the future

The Rough Fort, a fortified farmstead dating back to 500 AD, has been refurbished thanks to a £2,000 donation from the North Coast Association

The Rough Fort, a fortified farmstead dating back to 500 AD, has been refurbished thanks to a £2,000 donation from the North Coast Association, a group of volunteers who live in the north coast region and promote the National Trust locally, raising funds for its work and projects.

The Rough Fort was the National Trust’s first property in Northern Ireland, and celebrates its 80th birthday in our care this year.  One of the best preserved Raths in Ireland, it was gifted to the Trust in 1937 by local landlord, Mr Marcus McCausland, who was also the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Committee of the National Trust.

Like thousands of other such monuments that still exist today, it owes its preservation, in the main, to the superstitions surrounding it. The Rough Fort is regarded as the haunt of the fairies and locals were loath to damage it for fear of retribution from the ‘wee folk’.

The North Coast Association’s funding allowed the refurbishment of the Rath and the erection of an Information Board.  

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