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Caherdaniel & Staigue Forts

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DON’T MISS THE HISTORIC CELTIC FORTS

The small parish of Caherdaniel lies on the Iveragh peninsula in the southwest of Ireland. Sitting amidst the valley of Glenmore, this quaint village is an ideal stopover if you enjoy fishing.  

Caherdaniel also offers access to the great outdoors. Enjoy the stunning natural views thanks to the surrounds of rolling hills and Derrynane Bay. You may also enjoy going for a long walk in the hills.

A highlight of visiting Caherdaniel is the old ruined building standing nearby. Staigue Fort is located a few kilometres away from the village. Standing on a low hill, this round stone fort used to grant its inhabitants views over Kenmare Bay.

One of the reasons the fort is so special is its size. Staigue Fort is one of the largest ringforts in Ireland, which is an impressive feat considering it was made without mortar to bind the stones.

It is 27 metres (89 feet) in diameter and over 5 metres (16 feet) high. It also includes 10 flights of steps built in an X shape. Along the internal wall, these would have given access to the top rampart. 

Archaeologists find the date of the site difficult to estimate, but they have guessed it is from the Celtic period.

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