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Address: Cill Mhuirbhigh | Inis Mór, Province of Connacht, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 99 61008
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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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fascinating ancient history and spectacular visuals

Proper footwear is a must! This trail is rustic, to say the least, unlike so many groomed "tourist trails" this is not one of them. A long walk, with differing pitches and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Clinton, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Proper footwear is a must! This trail is rustic, to say the least, unlike so many groomed "tourist trails" this is not one of them. A long walk, with differing pitches and surfaces, but it is so worth the time and energy! This view rivals that of the Cliffs of Moher, and because of the natural environment minus all the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was raining cats and dogs, but that didn't stop us and glad it didn't. Very interesting and the information Center at the site is most informative. Make sure to stop in the cafe across the road for some delicious pastries or even a meal before heading back! Local craft shops also nearby!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth the short hike it takes to reach this amazing landmark. You can walk right up to the cliffs edge, so watch out for the wind, but the view from anywhere is stunning, not to mention the history!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Looks a bit of a walk up to it, but well worth it. The views are stunning, but be careful if you have young children, they can be inquisitive and there's no protection from the cliffs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Totally worth the entrance fee! I was in awe! Just amazing. The cliffs are breath taking and the history very interesting. A short steep hike but 100% worth the effort

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this beautiful fort in the late afternoon and spent an hour there admiring the views and the sound of the powerful crashing waves beneath and along the coastal cliffs nearby. For a long time I had always dreamed of visiting and this visit exceeded my expectations! A must see on the Aran Islands!

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Navan, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

On a clear day this is one of the most awe-inspiring views in Ireland. Bring a packed lunch with you and eat it in the grounds of the fort because there are no eating facilities on site. If there is a guide present don't hesitate to ask them for further information about the fort, but there are plenty of information... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We just returned from two weeks in Ireland. We drove West from Dublin as I wanted to visit the West coast, in particular. Our first stop was Inis Mor, Aran Islands. We toured the island by pony cart with Patrick and his horse, Grace, which took us to Dun Aonghasa by way of the Worm Hole, which took a good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

For those who walk a lot, this is a pretty easy hike and climb. A little rougher at the top. It's worth it, if you are up for it! I'm 70 and it didn't do me in. Bronze age fort still has some walls intact.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

One of the Best places in Ireland! We did the half of the famous Wild Atlantic Way, and this destination has became my favourite one! Simply Stunning! I found it much better than the Cliffs of Moher what is amazing as well!

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