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Rock of Dunamase

Address: | 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, Outdoors
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Experience the rolling hills of Laois atop this ruined castle on top of a rock outcrop. Rumours you can see seven counties from here. Great views and great to explore the ruins of the O'Moore stronghold just outside Portlaoise.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This ruin sits on an outcrop with wide views of the area around. There are conflicting ideas on its history but if you're not too bothered about that, you can just enjoy the photo opportunities of tumbling walls and the surrounding countryside. It is an easy walk from the gate to the top.

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

It is unfortunate that time has taken such a toll on the Rock of Dunamase; however, the remains of the castle sit rather majestically on top of a large hill and afford the visitor a chance to wander through and wonder what it was like in ages past. The views are stunning. It's a great area to explore.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The countryside views from the top of this site are amazing, thoroughly recommend it. not suitable for disabled or wheelchair users

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Roscrea, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

beautiful , unique site , bit of a hike up , the stones on the path make it very slippy underfoot , but its worth it once you get up there . we took some beautiful wedding pics up there , and the views are stunning

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

One of the most spectacular views in Ireland. It is set high on a rise and overlooks the entire area. The Rock is really an old Castle. It is in ruins, but worth the visit just for the view. The Ruins are also quite interesting.

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Port Laoise, Laois, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

nice view and close from Portlaoise nice view and close from Portlaoise nice view and close from Portlaoise nice view and close from Portlaoise

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We could easily find the small parking place near the ruin of Danamase. There is good access to the ruin. Unfortunately there is not much left, but it is worth visiting and you have a nice view from the top of the rock/ruin

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Took a little side-trip (about 5km) off the M7 motorway to visit the Rock. This would have been a very impressive site in its prime but is a collection of ruins now. There are imposing views of the surrounding countryside and I enjoyed a ramble around the site. There is no visitor centre, facilities or reconstructed buildings and I saw... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Amazing structure. How it is still standing. And all the history attached on a fine day one would want to spend a lot more time there !

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