Dún Aonghasa Fort, Aran Islands - County Galway
Dún Aonghasa - anglicized Dun Aengus - is the largest of the prehistoric stone forts on the Aran Islands.Perched spectacularly on a 100m cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the views from this ancient place are breathtakingly spectacular.
Covering an area of approximately 14 acres, Dún Aonghasa consists of three terraced semi-circular stone walls surrounding an inner enclosure containing a platform. A remarkable network of defensive stones, known as Chevaux de Frise, extends the fort. This network consists of tall blocks of limestone set vertically into the ground and was to deter attackers. Some scholars also suggest that the platform overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean may have had ritual significance. The walls have been completed with wall walks, chambers and flights of stairs.
Dún Aonghasa is located 7km west of Kilronan on the island of Inishmore, which is connected to the main land by local ferry boat services from Galway and Doolin. The fort itself lays about 900m south from the Visitor Centre and is approached over rising ground.
Mar: Daily 09.30 - 16.00
End Mar - Oct: Daily 09.45- 18.00
Nov - Dec: Daily 09.30 - 16.00
7 Jan - 19 Feb: Wed - Sun, 09.30 - 16.00
Average Length of Visit: 1 - 1.5 Hours
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