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Rock of Dunamase

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Address: | Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Remarkable Ruins

I went here not expecting too much but I was blown away. I've been to a lot of renovated castles but ruins like this are so much more real. In these ruins you get sense that every... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
HollisBrown
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Cork, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went here not expecting too much but I was blown away. I've been to a lot of renovated castles but ruins like this are so much more real. In these ruins you get sense that every large stone you see has laid in that exact spot for 100's of years. Don't pass it if you're in the area.

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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Rock of Dunamase is bittersweet in my opinion. It is an amazing place to see and experience but at the same time you cant help but realize that at onetime in history it was a huge busy castle and a very important piece of history. It is mainly in ruins now but it is still amazing. It has a few... More 

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Go here. Those words could easily be my entire review. We stopped here on our way back to Dublin from the Cliffs of Moher and it was well worth the side trip. This was easily one of the best sites that we visited during our honeymoon in Ireland. The ruins of a castle, set on a hillside, overlooking the surrounding... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the place that I like coming back to just for a walk. Lovely landscape. Just nice to walk around and enjoy the view.

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Roberts Creek, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a stroll through these ruins, with commanding views over the surrounding farmlands. What a setting, and while the ruins are in an advanced stage of deterioration, the plaque in the parking area (and any good travel book) will provide you an appreciation for what the original fortress looked like. Easy to find and explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great attraction in County Laois. Beautiful setting and views from the top of the rock. The walk up is steep but its an easy walk. Limited parking but don't really think that is an issue. A hot to miss attraction in Laois midlands.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took a trip along the Stradbally Road out of Portlaoise yesterday Wednesday 7 September to view the Rock of Dunamaise. As the weather was good there were a few other sightseers about. Car parking was very easy at the base of the Rock. When you get to the top you have wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and appreciate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Parking is available but limited Easy to find with road signs and the view is amazing. I have 7 year old with mild cp and she was fine walking around it, although caution is required anyway as quite steep.. Bring your camera it's breath taking !

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Thank Lkeating01
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was on my list of castles for a long time. Commanding views of the surrounding area perfectly explains why this carrick was chosen as a fortress. Recommend reading about the rock before you visit to understand its history and importance...but that can be said for every site in Ireland. Went early on a beautiful July morning...no one else at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have passed this numerous times on my way to Electric Picnic and everytime I would pass it I would say, "I must go in and have a look there someday" I went in today for a look. The weather was good, cloud, sun and a fair bit of wind but the views are amazing from here. Well worth a... More 

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