Rock of Dunamase
Rock of Dunamase
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  • Sandra H
    Thompsonville, Michigan273 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Start to Our Irish Holiday!
    This was the first place that we visited on our way from Dublin to Dingle. A sprawling ruin, but absolutely worth a visit once. It's history is well worth a read. The views from the top of the hill are breathtaking.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Ger D
    Dublin, Ireland102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Views
    Short easy climb up to the top of the hill. Beautiful views all around the countryside especially on a clear day. Parking available outside the church directly opposite the access gate. Worth a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 10, 2023
  • Trail66287068634
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden jem
    Hard to believe how undervalued this place is. Its immensely impressive. Stopped off there today for my lunch break and had the place to myself. A proper hidden jem. Theres queues (and entry fee's) to far less worthy places. 100% worth a visit, at least once.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 18, 2024
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,409 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Easy to find this castle ruin commands a fantastic view over the surrounding countryside. It’s interesting to see how thick the walls of this fort are as it gives you an impression of the strength of the place when it was inhabited. Read the info boards to gain an understanding of the castle’s history.
Written June 7, 2022
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I loved visiting this site. Not only the weather was clear and allowed for perfect views over the farmland, but I was impressed with the fortress. Nice little church on the other side of the road, too.

But be prepared: parking can be a nightmare!!!
Written August 6, 2020
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Paul W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Kids still talking about the Viking castle a week later, favourite thing we did in Laois, Offaly & Westmeath. The castle and the keep are in great condition considering their age and exposed location, the views are spectacular. To the more mature observer it is very impressive but for kids it goes to a whole new level as it leaves so much to the imagination. The rock of Dunamase is effortlessly better than what you might expect it to be.
Written July 17, 2022
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Trail66287068634
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Hard to believe how undervalued this place is. Its immensely impressive. Stopped off there today for my lunch break and had the place to myself. A proper hidden jem. Theres queues (and entry fee's) to far less worthy places. 100% worth a visit, at least once.
Written April 18, 2024
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Bernie S
Belfast, UK728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We visited this site while staying overnight in Portlaoise. It is a very impressive site which has stunning views for miles. It is accessed from a small car park behind a church. The road signs to it end before you find it but Google maps can do the last bit. The path to the top is a gravel path which is steep in parts. For those with difficulty walking it might not be ideal nor for wheelchair access. For those with moderate difficulty in climbing heights it is possible. It is an old castle with an inner and outer keep. No toilets are available. Well worth a visit. It takes about an hour.
Written July 17, 2021
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Valentina R
County Dublin, Ireland36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Amazing views from the top. Very interesting place as you can explore every bit of history it is held in the remaining rocks. From the picture it looked like it is going to be less then what it was! Quite a surprise and another great piece of Irish history.
Written January 4, 2020
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wallacejenkinsnm
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
The rock of Dunamase is spectacular. Standing a top a hill in the middle of nowhere. This makes it even more special. It is just left as it is. No money making schemes or charges to visit. A really special place. Loved it!!
Written April 30, 2023
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Ger D
Dublin, Ireland102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Short easy climb up to the top of the hill. Beautiful views all around the countryside especially on a clear day. Parking available outside the church directly opposite the access gate. Worth a visit.
Written December 10, 2023
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ClaireTagi
County Tipperary, Ireland46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Visited on New Years Eve. Very nice ruins to wander around and lovely views ro be had. It is a bit steep in places and could do with handrails being fitted to make it a bit more accessible.
Written February 3, 2020
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rubylass
cork186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
Breathtaking views and well worth stopping. Despite the fact that there are no facilities on site, it really does add to the experience. We visited with 2 very small kids and they loved running around the ruins. The views were spectacular and even thought it was busy when we visited we didn’t feel it was over crowded as there’s so much space. I would recommend anyone to visit if in the area.
Written July 17, 2021
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