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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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The Largest Fort on the Island

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great way to see the island. Pack your walking shoes. Approx 15min walk from the base. My second time here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Steeped in a fascinating history please visit here.. it's stunning views make the fresh walk so worth while .. bring cameras as you will want to remember every second of this visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice moderate hike to what feels like the top of the world. Truly not to be missed while on the island. Great place for pics, as you can see all around for miles.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On discovering that I'm a travel agent the ladies at recpcetion offered so much help. They are professional and friendly, they knew Gabriel from Aran Goat cheese who dropped me off here. All I feel I should say is that this place for me was a spiritual journey. Its presence remains in my heart and it's energy gives me strength.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dun Angus is on the far side of the island from where you disembark the ferry, so there's also a lovely chance to appreciate the scenery of this beautiful island. You can take a car, walk, or bike to the fort, we took the bikes and highly recommend it. On the way back we were able to stop at a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rented bikes and hiked our way to these beautiful ruins. We then decided to have a picnic lunch on the grounds. The view was stunning. Worth the trip for sure!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Dun Aonghasa is beautiful. It is amazing by itself, before you add the amazing views of the island, and before the amazing cliffs that it hangs over. There is about a 20ish minute hike to the Ring Fort from the entrance (€5 fee), where you come to a field outside the fort that looks over the cliffs and the island.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

While the fort may be the attraction, the interpretive center has a wealth of information about the people who built and lived at the fort. Well worth the entrance price. I was lucky to go on a cloudless November day. Since it was the off season, I was the only one at the fort for a long time. Long enough... More 

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