Dún Aonghasa
Dún Aonghasa
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9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Sinead O
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking but scary
    So firstly, you need to realise this is a walk from the visitors centre, a good 15 minute walk at least....and it's not an easy walk if you have any mobility issues at all. Suitable footwear is necessary. Secondly, if you have kids with you .... hold them tightly by the hand as there are sheer drops and no warning of the same. The views are breathtaking and amazing but there are no staff or tour guides up there to tell you what to do in way of safety so, be careful.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 June 2023
  • V R
    Salt Lake City, Utah31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Climb!
    This is an ancient circle fort out on a cliff. There is a 3 Euro change to access the trail from a small museum about the site. The first part of the trail is a gravel path. This soon turns into a rocky climb. Its not a long trail but does require some balance and effort to get there. The views are spectacular. It is just amazing to be around something so old!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2023
  • ProctorParquette
    Manchester, New Hampshire117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth the short walk to get there
    The views were amazing. Surprisingly, you could walk right up to the edge of the cliff and look down. We didn't get that close but others did! There were no historical displays or info to explain the site but just being there was worth it. You must walk up a steep trail to access the site and the views but totally worth it! Crowded, yes, but its big enough for people to spread out and still get good pictures.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Áine Uí R
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent, well worth the climb!
    Stunning scenery, really breath taking. In awe of the history and heritage of the place. I have been teaching about this site in my classroom for 20 years, so to finally get to stand there is a great feeling. OPW staff on hand to answer questions and to watch out for vulnerable visitors. Very nice people.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Lita L
    99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Desolate yet amazing, Dun Aonghasa
    We stayed the night on Inis Mor and took advantage of a bike hire (no eBike for us). It's an adventurous way to explore the island on your time. From the bike hire in Kilonan to the visitor center of Dun Aonghasa, allow 30 minutes. Park your bikes, then make the gradual ascent to the fort. The topography is rather desolate, rocks all around you. Yet once at the fort, you're met with amazing views of the Atlantic. I pondered, "How did the early settlers managed here?" It's such a remote setting. Time your visit right and you could have the fort all to yourself when it opens!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Michael B
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climbing the Heights
    As part of our tour of Inishmore, we spent about 45 minutes visiting the ring fort. The visitor center staff were great, the toilets were clean (as they seemed to be wherever we traveled in Ireland), and the displays were informative and readable. The hike up and back combined with a bike tour was physically challenging, but it felt great to be working the muscles.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Jim W
    Sindelfingen, Germany7,364 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long Live Angus Whoever You Were!
    This is one of perhaps two reasons to visit the island of Inishmore. Once getting off the ferry, there are several ways to get there. Options include bikes, horse and carriage, and tour buses. We opted for the bus. Once we were dropped off, there is an additional charge to enter the fort. It is only 5,00 Euro for seniors. We walked up slowly due to the slight rain and aging knees. However, once we made it, we were so thankful. This is a must for anyone coming to the island. See the photos to understand why.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Garrett P
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom233 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely Do It
    Such an interesting island but be warned, don't try walking along the cliff tops to visit this historic Celtic fort. After 3 hours of trying to do so, my legs were ready to fall off! We headed back towards the road, walked back to the harbour and got oourselves a bus to the fort. You then have a 20 minute walk upto the remains. It's certainly worth seeing and experiencing just standing on the cliff top within the fort and soaking up the atmosphere and surrounding
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Trek20824962428
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient fort balanced at the western edge of island.d
    5000 year old iron age fort on edge of the eart. 20 min treck up a rocky path is worth it for stunning views. Best experienced on a sunny day. Watch the cliff edge.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 April 2024
  • Eleanor R
    348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomenal views
    This was one of my favorite things we did on our trip. It's important to note that it is not an easy walk from the visitor's center. It's steep and very rocky but absolutely worth it for the phenomenal views. I would not recommend bringing small children as there are no railings or anything to prevent falling off the cliffs. This makes the view even better but is definitely worth noting.
    Hi BJonesEsq, Thanks for your review and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Dún Aonghasa. I would like to point out however that Dún Aonghasa is safe for children, as long as they stay with their carers. Speaking from experience, I don't find it difficult to prevent my kids from falling off cliffs!
    Written 26 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2024
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Eleanor R
348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was one of my favorite things we did on our trip. It's important to note that it is not an easy walk from the visitor's center. It's steep and very rocky but absolutely worth it for the phenomenal views. I would not recommend bringing small children as there are no railings or anything to prevent falling off the cliffs. This makes the view even better but is definitely worth noting.
Written 16 May 2024
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Hi BJonesEsq, Thanks for your review and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Dún Aonghasa. I would like to point out however that Dún Aonghasa is safe for children, as long as they stay with their carers. Speaking from experience, I don't find it difficult to prevent my kids from falling off cliffs!
Written 26 May 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

John Joseph
Brooklyn, NY186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Crowded but worth it. Try to see if your B&B has a voucher because their is an entrance fee (5 Euros I think). Great views from the fort. Path for and easy(ish) up and down.
Written 25 April 2024
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iamface
Aberdeen, UK1,723 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
after visited Black Fort,Wormhole then reached here. the path not too hard to go Dun Aonghasa but just some uneven stone. very beautiful cliff & historical place , worth to visit
Written 18 April 2024
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Trek20824962428
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
5000 year old iron age fort on edge of the eart. 20 min treck up a rocky path is worth it for stunning views. Best experienced on a sunny day. Watch the cliff edge.
Written 5 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Garrett P
Aylesbury, UK233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Such an interesting island but be warned, don't try walking along the cliff tops to visit this historic Celtic fort. After 3 hours of trying to do so, my legs were ready to fall off!
We headed back towards the road, walked back to the harbour and got oourselves a bus to the fort. You then have a 20 minute walk upto the remains. It's certainly worth seeing and experiencing just standing on the cliff top within the fort and soaking up the atmosphere and surrounding
Written 15 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

binflynn1
Irvinestown, UK983 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We mostly had heard about this on the island and to get there we opted for a tour bus ( safari tours ) highly recommend, which was €20 for this we got to see a few parts of the island and this was the most spectacular part I’d been looking forward too .
The day we went was warm blue sky’s and hot very hot so if you get of the boat with your thinking of hiring a bike think again unless you’ve done the Tour de France you’ll find it challenging , when you get to the entrance it costs €5 to get in before a long uphill walk over uneven ground, again it would be dangerous if it had been raining as the sones would be wet and slippery, but once you’ve made it to the top the fort is mind blowing with beautiful views across the seas and the high cliffs make it even more execrating, do be careful , wind , slippery surfaces and cliffs don’t mix well so use your insinuative, and bring a drink there are toilets at the start and a coffee shop serving food and drinks but as everyone comes back to wait on their buses or collect their bikes it can be busy and there will be a wait , you can buy the Aran sweaters here too although the day we picked it was a t-shirt you needed , but worth the whole experience indeed
Written 2 September 2023
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Ilya L
45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful scenery, not an easy nor short walk to get there. About 20 min each direction. Weather on Aug was ok but very windy. On a bad weather might be less nice
Written 24 August 2023
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Jim W
Sindelfingen, Germany7,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is one of perhaps two reasons to visit the island of Inishmore. Once getting off the ferry, there are several ways to get there. Options include bikes, horse and carriage, and tour buses. We opted for the bus. Once we were dropped off, there is an additional charge to enter the fort. It is only 5,00 Euro for seniors. We walked up slowly due to the slight rain and aging knees. However, once we made it, we were so thankful. This is a must for anyone coming to the island. See the photos to understand why.
Written 18 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michael B
New York, United States12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
As part of our tour of Inishmore, we spent about 45 minutes visiting the ring fort. The visitor center staff were great, the toilets were clean (as they seemed to be wherever we traveled in Ireland), and the displays were informative and readable. The hike up and back combined with a bike tour was physically challenging, but it felt great to be working the muscles.
Written 17 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lita L
99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We stayed the night on Inis Mor and took advantage of a bike hire (no eBike for us). It's an adventurous way to explore the island on your time. From the bike hire in Kilonan to the visitor center of Dun Aonghasa, allow 30 minutes. Park your bikes, then make the gradual ascent to the fort. The topography is rather desolate, rocks all around you. Yet once at the fort, you're met with amazing views of the Atlantic. I pondered, "How did the early settlers managed here?" It's such a remote setting. Time your visit right and you could have the fort all to yourself when it opens!
Written 11 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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