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Dun Aonghasa

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Address: Cill Mhuirbhigh | Inis Mór, Province of Connacht, Ireland
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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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A view into a harsh past on the wild Irish Atlantic

Reachable by walking from Kilronan, I recommend most should take one of the many buses available at the Kilronan docks (about 15 Euro per person for a tour of the entire... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Reachable by walking from Kilronan, I recommend most should take one of the many buses available at the Kilronan docks (about 15 Euro per person for a tour of the entire island). After arriving, pay your entry fee at the visitors center then walk up a hill to the fort itself. Depending on the weather, the walk up can be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not a difficult climb, manageable for people who are unfit. Lovely views when you get to the top. Tour guide on site to give extra info.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Truly enjoyed this more than Cliffs of Moher. Great walk and view of cliffs. Saw a few seals in the distance. A must we for the cliffs and the stone walls.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The views, the air, the magic is undeniably there. Each footstep leads to new discovery exciting every sense. Touch, smell, feel, listen, look and you will not be disappointed. We took bikes around the island and walked the trails to ancient ruins that allow your imagination to evolve. The children loved the experience. Some of the grounds are not stroller... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I first visited Dun Aonghasa in 1996 before the heritage center was put up, but I think the addition is important. There's a brief display about the history and culture of the area and then you're on your own to explore. Don't get too near the cliff edge and beware the wind, but that walk up the path is so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely time on the cliff top. The little museum has much to say and the walk is easy. The cafe nearby is absolutely the best.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most impressive forts, yet also the most crowded destination on the island, so it is a little busy and touristy. There is a great opportunity, however to test your daring and fear of heights as there is no fence separating you from the cliffs and hundreds of feet straight down to the ocean. The cliff views and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was mid February when we went and it was quiet, so we had the whole place to ourselves. We sat and watched the sunset from the top of the cliff. The views were stunning.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dun Aonghasa is a well-preserved piece of history with a great view of the surrounding area. Getting to the fort is easy because you can take either a hop-on hop-off tourist van or, like myself, rent a bicycle and pedal the 30-minute trip there. There's bike parking outside the visitor center (no bikes allowed at the fort!) and I paid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been here three times and it's very cool. If you like history or archeology or scenery, you don't want to miss. Not great for small kids because the climb is pretty steep and the (unprotected) cliff is very, very high. I would say maybe ~12 yrs would be fine. Beautiful, beautiful spot.

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