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Dun Aengus, Inishmore, Aran Islands ©Chris Hill - Tourism Ireland

Dun Aengus

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A PREHISTORIC FORT ON THE COAST OF INIR MOR ISLAND

Located on the largest of the Aran Islands, Inishmore, Dun Aengus is the main highlight that you won’t want to miss. Also known as Dún Aonghasa, this prehistoric fort stands on the southern shore of the island, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The semi-circular fort sits right at the edge of a sea cliff standing 91.5 metres (300 feet) above sea level. Archaeologists have recognised it as one of the finest examples of its kind in Europe.

The fort is made up of four terraced walls surrounding an inner enclosure. The outer layer is almost completely destroyed. Along the cliff, you’ll find a Chevaux de Frise, which are spiky stones set upright as a defensive belt.

Dating as far back as 1500 BC, the ruins of the walls give a true insight into the life of those who used to dwell here. Excavations have found not only dwellings but artefacts such as rings and tools.

Near the fort, you can pop into the visitor centre and its small museum to learn more about the site.

There is an entrance fee required to visit this site.

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