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Rock of Dunamase

| Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Portlaoise
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was an amazing site to visit. The kids loved the ability to roam around the ruins uninhibited and the adults loved the wild, ancient 'feel' to the place!!! Truly a glorious site to see!!!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were on our way to Roscrea and eventually to Leap Castle when we noticed some eye-catching ruins atop a nearby hill. After visiting Roscrea and Leap Castles, we went to find these ruins we had seen from the highway. It was Dunamase Castle ruins and are impressive. Especially how they sit on the rock of Dunamase. All in ruins,... More

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Newry, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great to see the old castle ruins we went today and the fantastic weather and blue skies simply enhanced the whole experience well worth a visit if you are in the area

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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A ten minute drive from Exit 16 on the M7, this is worth visiting and spending 30/40 minutes there. The Rock of Dunamse contains the ruins of an old castle, first built in the 13th Century, although it had been fortified many centuries earlier, and finally destroyed in the 1650’s. These guys certainly knew how to pick a good defensive... More

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Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
45 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is an amazing place to visit. It's beautiful and full of history. The only problem I have is you need to be careful walking up and down as it's a little steep but I wouldn't put you off going because it's really nice. Some of Darby O'Gill was filmed up here as well.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We make a point of climbing this as a family on St Stephen's Day each year. Easy to find, easy to park. Quite a stiff climb. If you take young children be aware that there are a couple of steep unprotected drops. Those with mobility issues - there are steps and steep rough paths: however I am able to climb... More

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West Sedona, Arizona
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94 reviews 94 reviews
23 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The Rock of Dunamase is an amazing ruined castle high on an outcropping of rocks. There is no fee to visit this wonderful place and shouldn’t be missed when visiting Ireland. It should be noted that even those with some mobility issues can still visit this site. The climb from the parking lots looks steep but it is well graded... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Interesting attraction. Lovely views, on a clear day you can see for miles. Great for walking. A great place to visit for a nice relaxing, scenic stroll. Definitely recommend it

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Abbeyleix, Ireland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The Rock of Dunamase in County Laois is a very prominent outcrop that you can see from a long way off. The outcrop with its castle ruins totally dominates the surrounding countryside. Although the rock is said to be drawn on a map by the greek cartographer Ptolemy under the name "Dunum" in the 2nd century, there is no archaeological... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Free! Super view despite dampish day, atmospheric ruined castle. More info up and around the castle would have been nice. Probably a place for visit under an hour.

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