You will catch the ferry to Inishmore Island to get here. If you have the flexibility, plan on a day that will have the least amount of rain in the forecast as there is not much shelter to keep you out of the elements. The cost will be 25 euro per person round trip on the ferry. 5 euro to park your car. The ferry leaves at 10:30 and returns at 4:30. Get on the ferry early so you can have seats to pick from. If you get there late you may not be able to sit in a group.Once you have landed, there will be people wanting your business to take a mini van, horse drawn carriage or bike to take you around the 12 mile Island which includes a stop at Dun Aengus. The island is hilly and windy. Base your mode of transportation on the weather and fitness level. The day we went it was beautiful.
We took a horse drawn cartridge. Martin Joe was the name of our driver. He stopped along the route to the fort and gave us a history of the island. From what I understand not many carriages give you a guided tour. Martin Joe was great! I recommend using him.. His horse,Hopper, looked healthy and strong. Martin treated him well too. Please be advised that some of the men don't treat their horses well and or push them hard. Some of them have sores were their equipment digs into their skin from pulling people around. Please let your driver know that you care about the health and treatment of his horse. The carts are very small that some of the horses pull. I saw people piling in them. Please be mindful of the horse and how many people are being pulled by the horse. Some of the men do not care about their animals and will pile people in the cartridge despite the weight. Three people,which includes the driver,is a good number on some of the small cartridges. The price is 50 euro for two people. Martin gave us a great tour. He stopped at Dun Aengus and gave us the time we wanted to explore. At the entrance of the fort their are souvenir shops and a hand knit sweater shop that is owned by Sarah Flaherty. I recommend her sweaters. You will not find many hand knit sweaters in Ireland. They are mostly machine made. She is a kind, honest woman who knits her sweaters during the island's winter.
The fort was very interesting. I recommend seeing it. There are no barriers so be careful as there are 300 ft shear cliffs on one side of the fort.
At the end of our tour, we walked to the Pier restaurant and had a late lunch there. The food is very good. Hope this helps you in your planning. Safe travels!
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