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Dun Aonghasa

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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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What a trip! The bike ride to Dun Aonghasa was fantastic.

We visited Aron Island and were blown away with it's natural beauty. It was a step back in time when you saw the small houses overlooking the ocean. It would be a dream to live... read more

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited Aron Island and were blown away with it's natural beauty. It was a step back in time when you saw the small houses overlooking the ocean. It would be a dream to live here for a month or two. Although the biking was a bit scary with the cars and trucks it was well worth it. We missed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definately makes the trip worth while. altho Flying out and in on the same day seems like a better option than the ferry ride.

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Mullingar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The fort is a testament to the intelligence and ingenuity of the people who built it. However, the winds can be strong, don't go too close to the edge or you will freak out your family!

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very impressive views. But be careful with kids - the cliffs have no fence and there is no warnings. Very dangerous for little ones running around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This fort requires a bit of a walk up the hill after you pay your admission, but we saw several people walking in sandals and I was in Tevas. No hiking boots required. The views were amazing, but there was a pretty big crowd there. There is another ancient fort on the island that requires a much more extensive walk,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A great wild place , open cliffs , don't go too near , amazing view and the restaurant at the bottom is wondeful , great food excellent scon with tea A must on this wild island

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can't come yo the island without going yo the first. However, the black fort should not be missed. The cliff views are stunning and only a handful of tourists. Try to go back the way you go though as its easy to loose your bearings a bit.. There's no marked paths do you need sturdy boots in shoes as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An informative experience where the incredible views of the cliffs are the best experience. The price of admission is less than that of the Cliffs of Moher and the view of the cliffs and Inishmor coastline is so much more amazing and intimate.

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To access the grounds, you go through an overcrowded information building, which we skipped because of the crowd! The hike to the fort is not wheelchair or stroller accessible and a few seemed to be exerted by the walk. The site is very impressive. We asked questions to one of the representative, he was really knowledgeable but seemed unimpressed that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Grand walk up to the top where the fort remains are. You would think it should be really windy up there but was actually quite calm. Breathtaking views off the top of the fort but braving it to the edge is not for the faint of heart. Top tip which we found out after we left. If you go to... More 

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