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“Loved this place-even in bracing December winds”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Dun Aonghasa

Dun Aonghasa
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$162.70*
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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“Loved this place-even in bracing December winds”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

We took the bus tour from the quayside, as it was a cold windy day. The tour brought us to Dun Aengus, which you normally have to pay an entrance fee for. The access path was flooded, so we were given free tickets if we wanted to brave it. We found that removing shoes and socks, and padding through the water was the best option. It was freezing cold, but you dry off quick, and soon warm up! It was worth it for the amazing views.

Visited December 2013
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Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
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“Excellent photo ops-- dress in layers!”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Visiting Dun Aengus, I became aware of so much of the ancient history of Ireland. Lots of walking is required to get out to the fort (dun), but in June, the wildflowers were abundant and begging to have their photo taken. Dress in layers as the weather can vary even in the same day.

Visited June 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Unexpected”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

We day tripped to Inishmore and hired a driver (Bertie at Discover Aran Tours, who was wonderful) to take us around the island. Dun Aengus was by far the most spectacular spot on the island and one of the best places we visited in all of Ireland. There is a little hike up to the top that provides amazing views of the island; once at the top, the view out to sea and around is breathtaking. The site was basically vacant when we were there which was nice to have the place to ourselves. While a little scary, especially in the wind, but laying down to look over the edge is pretty spectacular. Absolutely loved this spot!

Visited January 2014
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Round Lake, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful !”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

It was great. so old so interesting, incredible views ! The details of the surroundings and the view down to the sea are amazing. the hike up is not too long but invigorating and lovely.

Visited October 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A must see!”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Dun Aengus is a must see! We took the Doolin Ferry "Happy Hooker" to Inishmore. As soon as we arrived on the island we flagged down a driver to take us to Dun Aengus. All of us (family of five - ages 17-54) considered this site a highlight of our trip to Ireland!

Visited May 2013
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