The name Ramelton derives from the Irish name “Ráth Mealtain”, which means “The fort of Mealtain”. Archaeological evidences have shown, that in the Ramelton area were settlements since the early Stone Age.
Ships from the Caribbean anchored in Lough Swilly and unloaded exotic cargoes at Ramelton in exchange for linen, corn, meat and fish. Later in the 19th century Ramelton’s port changes the methods of transport from sailing to steam ships and continued to prosper.
In the late 19th and early 20th, Ramelton rivaled Letterkenny to be the most important town in the north of the county.