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“Spectacular views... Be careful!”
Review of Dun Aonghasa

Dun Aonghasa
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$197.72*
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Aran Islands Scenic Flight and Galway Tour from Dublin
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Inishmore
Certificate of Excellence
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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 29, 2012

Unlike the Cliffs of Moher, the cliff views from Dun Aengus on Inishmore don't have any fences or barriers. This allows you to carefully get fairly close to the edge to see the great views of the ocean hitting the rocks below and the coasts on both sides. The fort itself is nothing too interesting if you've already seen other stone forts, but the views are a must see.

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

it is a long treck up and down.make sure to wear comfortable shoes.the views are fantastic.it only costs 3 euro to visit which in this day and age i very cheap.

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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.

1  Thank Pat D
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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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