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Interesting set of ruins though can be tricking to actually get here. Signs are not well posted... read more

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Seattle, Washington
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Enjoyed visiting this site, even on a cold and rainy day. Ancient site with nice views over... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Belfast, United Kingdom
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| Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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All reviews amazing views castle ruins ruined castle surrounding countryside well worth a visit car park small church steep climb portlaoise town walk around short walk an amazing place sunny day small kids hidden gem great place to visit lovely walk
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Interesting set of ruins though can be tricking to actually get here. Signs are not well posted directing you to the site. You can be fooled into thinking you are going up someone's driveway to get to the entrance. Once there you get some amazing...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BandBlover1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed visiting this site, even on a cold and rainy day. Ancient site with nice views over countryside.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ilneonoto
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful place to go an a summers day. Never loads of people so always plenty of space. Located in a beautiful part of Co Laois not far from Portlaoise.A photographers dream place too.

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Date of experience: June 2018
Thank pauljonson
Reviewed December 8, 2018

This place was MIND BLOWING! You see it from a distance as you drive closer, thrusting out of the ground and into the sky, awaiting your arrival. Once you get there, it does not disappoint! This is such a cool ruin and probably our favorite...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Lovely walk and views. Lovely on a summers evening. Good for all the family. Nice spot for a picnic.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Rachel C
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

You don't have to go far up to get the most spectacular view Laois has to offer!! So in love with this place!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Treescul
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Well worth the short spin out from Portlaoise town. Open all hours and free admission. Great photo opportunity of view and ruins of the castle.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Debbie C
Reviewed November 3, 2018

We stopped here after a two night overnight in rural Ireland. there is an old church on the grounds and the "rock" is really the ruins of an old castle estate. it is an easy hike that is paved in gravel. the views from the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nurseboost911
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Free and well worth a visit. A real piece of history with stunning views at the top. Keep an eye on the small kids though, parts are dangerous enough. Free entry

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CroftMan
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

You will not be mobbed here by tourists. My wife and I took the short hike up to the top and there were only a couple other people here besides us and it was fairly quiet. Great for pictures and a beautiful countryside view. Take...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Jalene K
May 7, 2018|
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Response from Kiera W | Reviewed this property |
Hi jalene its a very small car park and you are right beside attraction so id say safe enough , as you climb you can see your car but it’s entirely up to each person have a pleasant trip
January 9, 2018|
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Response from Ann S | Reviewed this property |
Traffic permitting approximately an hour from Dublin.
Karen F
July 23, 2017|
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Response from Vickie R | Reviewed this property |
I had torn my achilles - while in Ireland. I managed to hobble up most of the way. Not to the top - but far enough. An electric scooter would have been awesome to have.