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“Cycle power and take your own lunch”
Review of Dun Aonghasa

Dun Aonghasa
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Aran Islands Scenic Flight and Galway Tour from Dublin
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Inishmore
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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.
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“Cycle power and take your own lunch”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

We had a fabulous day out - taking the ferry to Kilronan from the mainland. The ferry trip is quick and painless - modern equipment and around 50 minutes each way. Hire a bike (or electric bike) and travel from Kilronan Harbour via the coastal route to Dun Aengus (about 1.5hrs each way and not too much exertion is required). Some people choose the horse-drawn cart, others take a minibus tour but we really enjoyed the bikes. The fort is up a hill, about 20mins walk from where you leave your bike (securely locked up - but I don't think that security would be a big issue here). There are toilets, refreshments and souvenirs (arran sweaters) at the ticket office/ interpretation centre. The staff are really knowledgeable about the site and keen to share their knowledge with everyone visiting. We took a picnic from the mainland and quietly munched on it whilst being told the story of the bronze age inhabitants of this fabulous site, perched on the vertiginous rocky ledge high above the roaring Atlantic. You will need wet-weather gear and a drink with you if you cycle. There are ample places for coffee and good cakes at Kilronan before returning to the mainland on the ferry. The bike hire is 10 euros (more for an electric bike) and there are several rental companies to choose from on the harbour edge. A fantastic experience, a great day out. Entry to the fort at Dun Aengus is around 3 euros each. You could spend more than a day here; there are places to stay overnight.

Visited July 2012
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“Words can't describe....”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Absolutely amazing! It was worth the hike. I went in November and hiked up by myself. I heard that is even more beautiful on a clear, sunny day. It didn't matter that it was cloudy the day I went because it was is spectacular! There were very few people when I reached the fort. I got completely lost in the sights and the silence before I realized that I was totally alone! What a feeling it was to turn around and to see no one there, but myself. Take the time to absorb the serenity.

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2013

It's hard to put Dun Aengus into words. Admittedly I didn't spend much time hanging around the little visitor's center. I spent the whole time at the fort itself. The views are just absolutely incredible, and there aren't many places where you can just stick your head over such a cliff. It was quite the adrenaline rush! You can't miss this one if you're on Inis Mor. Just be careful with children that might run off the edge!

Visited May 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful - worth the hike!”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

I would go back here in a heartbeat. Words can't do it justice! Be sure to bring a camera and take tons of photos, and keep small children on a leash so they don't run off the edge ;)

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

A bit of a hike for the kids, but it amazed my 13 year old (who is, like most 13 year olds, difficult to impress). Go in the off hours when you're more likely to be alone. Imagine life in the wind and the rain perched at the top of a cliff in ancient times......magical.

Visited July 2012
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