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“Worth 3 euros”
Review of Dun Aonghasa

Dun Aonghasa
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Aran Islands Scenic Flight and Galway Tour from Dublin
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Inishmore
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. Visitor safety information: The fort is about 1km from the Visitors Centre and is approached over rising ground. The last section of the path is over rough, natural rock and care is needed, especially when descending. Boots or strong walking shoes are recommended. There is no fence or barrier at the edge of the cliff.
Reviewed October 16, 2012

I've met people who don't go in to Dun Aengus because they don't want to pay 3 euros for admission. Having seen it with my own eyes I can't image how some some could over look this beautiful spot over such a small amount. You can jump the fence if your that broke.

The fort has three stone walls with the inner most wall being the thickest and highest. Once inside I found my self imagining the goings on of the people who built it 4000 years ago. The fort is right not the edge of one of the islands highest cliffs. It's a great spot for pictures if your seeking one of those sterotipical ireland cliff photos. If you have to choose between the cliffs of more or coming here, inish more has more to offer.

If your biking here, try sticking to the south side of the island on your way up here. Take the normal route north west of Kilronen, then when you reach the bottom of the hill where the light house sits, climb the hill and take the back roads. You'll be glad you made the extra effort with fun down hill trails most of the way to Dun Aengus looming in the distance.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Stay back from the edge and watch small children. It is a fatal drop. Loved the view though. The fort itself was very interesting.

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Don't miss this exploring this wonderful heritage site. The climb can be tricky so be sure to have on good walking shoes as it can be slick in the rain. But the views are breathtaking and completely unaltered by modern man. No fences, signage, or souvenir stands. Only nature in all her glory -- you'll love it.

Thank Randi K
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

I really enjoyed our trip to the Aran islands and this place has a museum and was an interesting visit. It took us about an hour to cycle there I think and it was a nice walk up to the fort.

We bought ferry tickets from the Aran Island tours office and got the shuttle bus from the centre of town. The ferry took about 45 minutes and the bus about the same. There are quite a few bike hire places where the ferry arrives on the island so we hired a bike for the day at 10 euro each. We were given a map and suggested route which was useful and really enjoyed cycling around. There are also bus tours and horse and carriage tours that you can book when you get off the ferry too.

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

After 3 p.m. you will have missed all the tour buses. Sit right on the edge of the cliff and eat a sandwich above the precipitous drop and the crashing surf below. That's the area outside the fort, sort of like the front lawn. Then go in the fort (after 3 p.m. you'll probably be the only one there, I was) and lay down at the cliffs' edge and look straight down at the rolling waves vigorously bathing the rocks with water froth that looks like cream. There's a lovely little cafe back down at the fort site entrance. They have delicious soup and homemade cakes. Great after a windswept bike ride.

Thank flaneur40
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