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Dun Aonghasa

Cill Mhuirbhigh | Inis Mór, Province of Connacht, Ireland
+353 99 61008
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Perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Dun Aonghasa is the largest of the prehistoric stone forts of the Aran Islands. It is enclosed by three massive dry-stone walls and a chevaux-de-frise consisting of blocks of limestone set vertically into the ground to deter attackers. Originally constructed c.1100BC, it was re-fortified around 700-800 AD. Excavations revealed significant evidence of prehistoric metalworking, as well as several burials. Visitor safety information: The fort is about 1km from the Visitors Centre and is approached over rising ground. The last section of the path is over rough, natural rock and care is needed, especially when descending. Boots or strong walking shoes are recommended. There is no fence or barrier at the edge of the cliff.
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Cill Mhuirbhigh | Inis Mór, Province of Connacht, Ireland
+353 99 61008
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Forty minutes walking time for the average fitness person. Parts are quite rocky and slick if (if!) wet. Enter through the centre and pay 4 euros each. Climb through typical west coast fauna with occasional clumps of gorse. All the time the ocean is in...More

Thank mhharvey
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Although it is worth the climb for the views, I was disappointed with lack of explanatory notices, after paying €4 each (seniors) we were then expected to pay again for a brochure!! The round hill forts at Leacanabuile are just as spectacularMore

Thank Tinaballerina
dunaonghasa, Manager at Dun Aonghasa, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Tinaballerina, Thanks for your review and we're glad you enjoyed the views from Dún Aonghasa. You're right, the forts at Leacanabuile, Co. Kerry is spectucular! They are also cared for by ourselves in the Office of Public Works. From memory however, I think there...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

This bronze-age hill fort on Inis Mor is an absolute must see when visiting Ireland. You have to take a ferry boat to Inis Mor, and the climb up to the fort requires care to be sure. I saw two people fall and get minor...More

Thank Dale L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you visit the Aran Islands, this is a must see. The last bit of the walk up is steep so be prepared, but you should visit if you made it that far. The cliffs and view are simply amazing!!!

Thank Halifaxvoyager
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took a little van tour that we booked just as we left the ferry and the tours all seem to stop at the visitor center. There is a separate admission to tour the fort - if you don't wish to take the tour there...More

Thank Colleen D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Stunning views from here sea as far as you can see , it's like a different world up there just a short walk up hill not to bad bring your camera

Thank loveweekendsaway123
Reviewed 5 days ago

Nice hike to great views. The stones can be slippery on the way to the site, so take care. Lots of photo opportunities when the crowds are light.

Thank mouseparade
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a tour of Inishmore and this was one of the stops. Our driver allotted 2 hours for the whole experience. I recommend wearing study walking shoes. The walk is uphill on an uneven, rocky surface. It was raining for part of my walk...More

Thank Maureen H
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you get off the ferry at Kilronan, look for the little red van that says Tours. Patrick, a local, gives a great personalized tour of the island including the fort at Dun Aonghasa. He is excellent. He explained many aspects of Island life. He...More

Thank blue_ixxi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This ancient ruin is definitely a must to go see. The landscape it is set into is spectacular-Irish green and ruggedly rocky. It rests at the rim of a steep cliff with rings of dry stacked stone; truly a marvel. The walkway up to it...More

Thank nancy a
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16 November 2016|
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Response from 143usait | Reviewed this property |
When we crossed it was pretty rough, a few kids and a couple ladies threw up
9 July 2016|
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Response from ReenPA | Reviewed this property |
Take the ferry from the mainland, then choose your island touring preference, by bike, trap and pony, or island tour. The ferry is for people only, you may not bring your car to the island. We had a good weather day, so the... More
6 May 2016|
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Response from dunaonghasa | Property representative |
Dún Aonghasa is perfectly safe for families but it's best to know what's ahead. Dún Aonghasa is located on the edge of a 87m high cliff. There is no fence or barrier at the edge. The walk from the visitor centre to Dún... More