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“Glorious Views, Imposing 2nd Century BC Fortress, Well Worth the Fee and Trek”
Review of Dun Aonghasa

Dun Aonghasa
Ranked #3 of 17 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 3 weeks ago

1K walk from the visitors center a good workout but quite manageable, though care should be taken further up if it is raining, as the rounded rocks there can be slippery. Inside, the multi-ringed stone wall interior and 100M high cliffs (no guardrails, take care) are impressive and daunting. The visitor center below traces its growth over the ages, and recent archaeological findings, in broad strokes and a good selection of books is available to fill in any gaps. Afterwards, the ice cream parlor and café (great beef stew) are worth a visit. As there are no cars on the island, tour bus, bike and/or foot are needed for covering the 4 miles or so from the dock in Kilronan.

1  Thank Joe O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You wouldn't know it looking up from below, but somebody did a great job grading the path up to Dun Aenghus. It's a steady walk to a series of offset openings that gives way to a series of stone semi-circles constructed at the edge of cliffs tht rival The Cliffs of Moher. Don't miss it.

Thank EileenDreyer
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were impressed at the history and age of this landmark. The walk from the visitor center was surprisingly longer than anticipated, but we walked through beautiful green fields with grazing cattle. The rocks leading up to the fort were slippery from the rain, but the view forward over the water and backward over the land dotted by homes and fields was great. There are no guardrails at the edges and the heights can be dizzying.

Thank jk730
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After cycling to the foot of Dun Aonghaus which has a small ice cream shop that you really should stop in and have an ice cream at as it was fabulous and charged ordinary prices not the astronomical one I was expecting there was A 1km walk which for the most part was ok but the last bit was steep with lots of stones and uneven surfaces just to keep in mind but wow the views once you get there are amazing. There is a charge of €5 per adult to walk to the top but in the centre there are some interesting historical facts which was nice to read. Definitely worth the trek.

Thank MelissaDonohoe
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a hike to the top, and the last 30ft or so are a little challenging, but once you are at the top the views are spectacular! A must see if you visit Inishmore!

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