Staigue Stone Fort
Staigue Stone Fort
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  • Rick D
    Washington DC, District of Columbia115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great site - narrow road to reach
    Cool stacked stone 'fort'. Enjoyed climbing up on the walls and the local views. The ram we encountered guarding the fort entry was friendly! The road to the fort is barely a land wide but still two-way traffic. Get there early to avoid crowds and minimize your change of having head on car encounters and the need to back up!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Scott F
    Halifax, Canada41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a side trip
    This fort is down a narrow winding road for several kilometres off the Ring of Kerry road. The fort itself is quite well preserved for a structure of its time period. You can go into the fort and climb the walls. There are washroom facilities on this site.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Lord M
    Jersey, United Kingdom296 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive circular stone fort
    Really enjoyed this. A simple round fort compiled of dry wall stones. Huge and circular. It was down a narrow winding lane and you parked in an unpromising car park (if a car park can be unpromising)! There was then an offer of bubbles (which didn’t exist) and a fee for entry (which also didn’t exist)! But I loved the simplicity of the idea and construction. And NO coaches.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
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Lord M
Jersey, UK296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed this. A simple round fort compiled of dry wall stones. Huge and circular.
It was down a narrow winding lane and you parked in an unpromising car park (if a car park can be unpromising)! There was then an offer of bubbles (which didn’t exist) and a fee for entry (which also didn’t exist)!
But I loved the simplicity of the idea and construction.
And NO coaches.
Written 12 October 2023
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Scott F
Halifax, Canada41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This fort is down a narrow winding road for several kilometres off the Ring of Kerry road. The fort itself is quite well preserved for a structure of its time period. You can go into the fort and climb the walls. There are washroom facilities on this site.
Written 10 September 2023
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Rick D
Washington DC, DC115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Cool stacked stone 'fort'. Enjoyed climbing up on the walls and the local views. The ram we encountered guarding the fort entry was friendly!
The road to the fort is barely a land wide but still two-way traffic. Get there early to avoid crowds and minimize your change of having head on car encounters and the need to back up!
Written 5 September 2023
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gringottsgoblin
dublin561 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Staigue Fort (Caisal Steig in Irish). There are a few of these stone cashels or ring forts (also known as Cahers) dotted around Kerry one of the closest being near Caherdaniel ( Caher means stone ring fort .. In Irish there are many words that appear to have the same meaning Cashel , Caher, Dun and Rath all mean fort but there are subtle differences and in Irish there are separate words that encompass these differences. Raths have earthen embankments Caher/Cashel have stone embankments and Dun tend to describe a fortified place. For the non Irish audience when driving around the country you will see these words appear in place names all over the country and other words like Ath which means a river crossing eg Athlone, Kill means a church eg Kilkenny, Bally means a village eg Ballyhaunis and so on). I digress . Whatever the name these forts were protective enclosures for the local chieftain their family, retainers and their cattle. It is an early form of castle and you get these sorts of things going back to the Bronze Age and Iron Age. Some can be huge and made of earth embankments such as you see at Dun Ailline in Kildare and others of stone especially where stone is abundant like here and in the Burren and in the Aran Islands where of course there is Dun Aengus . One previous reviewer from USA suggested it this NOT a fort . It is a Fort let me assure them. It is a fine example and is in a spectacular setting near Castlecove . On a bad day there is nothing to see but rain and mist, but on a good day the setting and views are stupendous. There is a small voluntary charge which while the Office of Public Works owns the site it’s accessed by a local right of way across a farmers field and this payment is intended as a courtesy. It is a bit of schlep if you are walking up here so be aware, and if going by car it is reached by a narrow little boreen and as with all boreens anticipation is everything . Note your pull in spots and also the state of the edge as you may need to shove into the hedge to avoid a bit of reversing. In other words driving Irish style. In a good day it’s worth the effort. In a rainy day well it won’t be crowded but might not be showing at its best. Enjoy
Written 22 April 2023
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Lisa Ann N
Denver, CO12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Awe inspiring scenery, magical space that transports you to another world. We were happy to contribute the 1€ to help preserve this piece of Irelands history.
Written 18 November 2022
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Bernie O
Brigantine, NJ202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Ancient ring fort that is well worth the drive off the beaten path to get there. Walking around the fort and imagining what it was like when it was actually in use was wonderful. Looking around and seeing how something built so long ago is still standing and in good condition was great.
Written 20 August 2022
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
It was a bit of a drive up a narrow road, but so are a lot of things in Ireland if you are doing a driving tour of the country. You'll get used to this pretty quickly! At the site there are toilets and a donation box. We were greeted by some friendly sheep. This secluded ring is impressive with stairs up to the top along the interior and beautiful views. We had the place entirely to ourselves, which felt pretty special. I would recommend this stop along the Ring of Kerry.
Written 23 June 2022
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David T
United Kingdom62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Wonderful fort, wonderfully isolated in magnificent location high in a quite green valley. Very atmospheric. No charge, no queues.
While you're there grab a coffee from the lovely guy at 'Roast' coffee bar, right by the entrance.
Written 14 June 2022
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Lkeating01
116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
Well off the beaten track but so worth it! Amazing place even in the rain! worth making the effort amazing place even in the rain, dogs loved it too
Written 19 September 2020
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igal27
Rehovot, Israel4,878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This was our first stop along the Ring of Kerry Route (clockwise from Kenmare), and we were not disappointed. After a little detour off the main road through small country roads, you reach the desolate ruins of this old stone fort, surrounded by lush greenery. The kids very much enjoyed climbing up on the inside of the fort, and entering the small crawlspaces. Definitely worth a stop on the way around the Ring of Kerry.
Written 19 August 2020
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