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“For history buffs”
Review of Dun Aonghasa

Dun Aonghasa
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$189.04*
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Aran Islands Scenic Flight and Galway Tour from...
Ranked #3 of 16 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 10, 2013

This was my fifth visit to this site. Every time I go here I learn more about the site. The people who inhabited the area. This is one site not to be missed on the Aran Islands.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Fantastic views, staff very knowledgeable and helpful. Cheap entry, think it was €2.. Only drawback was I thought the fort would be bigger than it was..

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

At the top of a cliff on Inishmore, Dun Aengus Fort offers amazing views of the island and its coastline. If you stay on the island, head to the fort first thing in the morning--you'll beat all the daytrippers there and might have the place to yourself. We did, and it was the most peaceful, awe-inspiring experience of our trip.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Our family's favorite attraction. The fort is spectacular, as are the cliffs. From the fort, you get a good feel for the remote and lonely nature of this windswept island with its small walled agricultural fields, narrow roads, and church ruins.

Thank Steve H
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

This was by far one of our groups favorite Irish sights. Most of our days were so overcast and misty that we couldn't see anything. This day was gorgeous! After a quick stop at the grocery store in the village we took a brisk bike ride up the the island to Dun Aengus. It wasn't overrun with people yet and we finally got to take in the beautiful scenery that Ireland is known for. We got our required group photos and then just wandered the site for a while. We intentionally went looking around some of the outer rings so that we could find a secluded spot and had no problem doing so. We found a soft spot of grass (seriously, I could have napped right in the grass!) and sat down to have our picnic lunch. It was one of our best meals just because it was so peaceful and the history is so amazing. Such a fabulous site!

Oh, and if you're starting off your trip in Galway, or the west side in general, you can get your Heritage Card here. If you're going to be visiting a handful of the bigger attractions in the country it makes sense for you to purchase this.

1  Thank SarahsAdventures
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