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Address: Province of Connacht, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 99 61008
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Description: Perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Dun Aonghasa is the...
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.
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Fantastic fort

We visited this site on a sunny but windy day. The walk up to the fort takes about 15 minutes and takes you over quite a bit of rock and stone. There were other older visitors... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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Salem, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Sweeping views of the wild Atlantic from this 2000+yeat old fort. Great. photo opportunities! Loved it nothing to dislike.

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We visited this site on a sunny but windy day. The walk up to the fort takes about 15 minutes and takes you over quite a bit of rock and stone. There were other older visitors that needed to stop and take a break - quite an incline. The trek was well worth the effort. The fort is in great... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

A 20 minute gentle hike up the hill brings you into another time and another world. The view is spectacular and you can feel what it was like to call that hillside fortress home. The nearby terns swoop and dive along the cliffs. Don't miss it!

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

What a stunning place to visit! Views are breathtaking up here. We took a lovely bike ride from Kilronan and there were plenty of stops to take some scenic photos. We did get caught up in a hail storm but it was all part of the experience. The journey took about 30 minutes at a leisurely pace. The walk up... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It's a remarkable place, very evocative. I've been there annually, in fair weather and foul, and have always been moved and glad. The interpretative center is excellent, with informative displays and friendly staff. Definitely requires appropriate shoes and the ability to walk uphill over rough terrain around .5 miles. Oh--and be a little considerate of others, and future visitors, and... More 

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Kortrijk, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We were only on Inishmore for 1 afternoon, so we took a bustrip to see as much as possible. This was one of the stops, and i certainly understand why! It was a beautiful walk op there and once there the view was fantastic, really comparible with Cliffs of Moher, although a lot less people and less fences that block... More 

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Douglasville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

So glad we took the time to visit this site. It is quite spectacular and well worth the hike up to it. The views of the island and the Atlantic are amazing! It was very windy but sunny and clear - a great day!

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Levittown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

People can write until their fingers fall off. There are no words I can type that will adequately explain this attraction. The Cliffs of Moher have been safety guarded, this is still wild and untamed. I am terrified of heights (falling to my death really), but I consider this a lifetime achievement to have been at this site. If you... More 

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Acton, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Giant waves hit the rocks and cliffs below to sound like rolling thunder. Just dont get too close to the edge. Amazing views. We can only imagine how it must have been to be living at this fort all those years ago. Part of the climb is a little rough and some of the rocks are slippery. Take your time... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

one of the highlights in our ireland trip. 30 min cycling from the ferry port to the visitor centre and 15 or 20 min walk up along stonewall. great view of the ocean, the sky and the cliff itself. should be careful about wind, there's nothing that keeps you away so you can go as far as to the edge... More 

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