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Rock of Dunamase

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Address: | Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland

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Great views for little effort

Always a favourite of ours. Only a minute off main Portlaoise to Stradbally road. Great place to take visitors and photos. Fab at sunrise or sunset. Wrap up if it's windy and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Samantha W
Portlaoise, Ireland
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Portlaoise, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a favourite of ours. Only a minute off main Portlaoise to Stradbally road. Great place to take visitors and photos. Fab at sunrise or sunset. Wrap up if it's windy and enjoy.

Thank Samantha W
Western Ireland, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm living local and only visited here for 1st time in Sept 2016 .am very impressed ..its close to Portlaoise and Stradbally and the M7 Motorway too . Signposts to it are ok and you can drive to the base of the rock on a typical country road.The Rock has some historic info outlined on an info board at the... More 

Thank Karentipp
West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's not far from the train station. Hired a car to transport me on narrow lanes. Time was tight and this was suggested as the # 1 best thing to do. It was! Very interesting ruins, arches, views and peaceful countryside.

Thank DoloresJacoby
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76 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

No matter when you go to visit the rock it will amaze you and take your breath away. This place is a photographers dream. The scenery, the stunning views, the colours you get on a cloudless days and quite stunning. It can give you that eerie feeling as watch the crown enmass fly around parts of the castle ruins. You... More 

Thank Mark E
Portlaoise, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Situated midway between Portlaoise and Stradbally and just literally a few minutes from the M7Motorway. It's visible from the road and accessible by a winding steep road, which does give the feeling of going somewhere mysterious to the kids. The Rock has a beautiful old Country Church at its Base. Historic information is laid out on an information board at... More 

Thank KevinDel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

This place is a great free day out. All ya need is good weather and a picnic. It's also a brilliant place to take good scenic photos. Looking forward to next summer already

Thank ange17
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Remember walking the rock of dunamaise when I was 6 years old. When I got with my partner i brought him up a few times as the sights from the top are just breathtaking! So November two years ago we were up there and he proposed! I said YES 😁 6 years together 2 engaged and the rock of dunamaise... More 

Thank Staceyb007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Great views and was a lovely place visit . Even on a cold December day the view was great and walking up the hill keeps you warm.

Thank Hugh G
County Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

It's well worth taking a few minutes to stop at the historic rock of Dunamase. Beautiful views,nice place to stretch the legs if travelling a distance and excellent place for a picnic if the weather is kind

Thank reginadoheny
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

this is how the rock of Cashel was many years ago, when you could explore and get a real feel of how this castle was 100s of years ago. the kids had a great time exploring, and there were fantastic views of the countryside. we had a great fun,don't miss it

Thank Jennifermahon

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