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Dun Aonghasa

Cill Mhuirbhigh | Inis Mór, Province of Connacht, Ireland
+353 99 61008
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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.
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Cill Mhuirbhigh | Inis Mór, Province of Connacht, Ireland
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+353 99 61008
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth visiting. There is a walk up to it which can be a little sloppy depending on the weather so ensure you have good footwear. Be careful with children as this is built on the side of a cliff!

1  Thank Sarah L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see on a visit to Inis Mor. Walking boots and warm clothes advised. If you arrive in the island without cap and gloves the place to buy is the SPAR supermarket and not the Aran knit shops which are exorbitant! And a rip...More

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They aren't the cliffs of Moher, but they are stunning in their own right. On a clear day when the sun hit's the water, it's breathtaking.

Thank Jennifer G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The island itself is class, a really nice way to spend a day is cycling around them, the dun is the highlight! Really cool and steeped in history. Don't look down but definitely do!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely breath taking. Must wear comfortable shoes. The hike up is not as bad as it looks. It is well worth the hike.

1  Thank Patrick M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Views rivaled Cliffs of Moher, but not as tall. Rode bikes out to the ruins and then walked around for an hour. Great pics. Worth the effort to ferry over. Could do it in one day, we got a B&B.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The veiws are so worth the wait, just make sure you have good shoes on because it is a long walk and super slippery when it rains. Basically all you see is the farming area, the way the walls were set up, and a beautiful...More

2  Thank Erin N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times. One of my favorite things about Ireland is the amount of personal responsibility the Irish put on visitors. I'll explain... The walk up to Dun Aonghasa starts at the visitor's center. There's a fee...More

1  Thank Christina M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely enjoyed our time here. We had it all to ourselves! We took the plane over to the island and enjoyed a nice bike ride to Don Aonghasa! Beautiful!

2  Thank Laura S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Aran Islands, and Inis Mor in particular, are a must. Dun Aengus is the jewel in their crown. Take a horse and cart tour to the fort. Ask for Patrick and Gracie, if you can.

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kk19652014
16 November 2016|
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Response from 143usait | Reviewed this property |
When we crossed it was pretty rough, a few kids and a couple ladies threw up
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Johnnymao
9 July 2016|
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Response from ReenPA | Reviewed this property |
Take the ferry from the mainland, then choose your island touring preference, by bike, trap and pony, or island tour. The ferry is for people only, you may not bring your car to the island. We had a good weather day, so the... More
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GTHC
6 May 2016|
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Response from dunaonghasa | Property representative |
Dún Aonghasa is perfectly safe for families but it's best to know what's ahead. Dún Aonghasa is located on the edge of a 87m high cliff. There is no fence or barrier at the edge. The walk from the visitor centre to Dún... More
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