Dun Aengus © timursalikhov

Dun Aengus fort

Dun Aengus © timursalikhov

Dun Aengus is one of the largest prehistoric forts ever discovered in Ireland. Located on the island of Inishmore (an island belonging to the Aran Islands), the site was built on the edge of the island’s Cliffs, in the middle of a wilderness where the green hills plunge steeply into the raging Atlantic Ocean. Breathtaking landscapes not to be missed!

Visit Dun Aengus

A prehistoric fort next to a vertiginous cliff!

Fort Dun Aengus is an extremely popular tourist spot in Ireland. It must be said that its dimensions are impressive, as much as its geographical location!

Thus, the fort was built at the top of a steep cliff overlooking the ocean. Considered as the jewel of the island of Inishmore, the fort would date from the end of the Bronze Age around 1 100 BC.

According to scientists, it would have been occupied until the 5th century. It must be said that its location was perfect to watch the approaching boats, and thus better defend the island!

Nowadays, only the stone walls still standing testify to the past life of these occupants.

During your visit, you will be able to better discover the place. The fort of Dun Aengus is arranged in the form of a triple semicircular enclosure, pushed towards the void. It is true that part of the construction unfortunately collapsed 80 meters below (in the middle of the ocean) due to violent storms and shaky foundations. But many vestiges of the fort still remain on the cliff of Inishmore. And they are really worth the detour !

You will be able to discover the magnificent friezes engraved on the stone on the outside wall. Not to mention the beauty of the ocean view!

Caution in spite of everything: the wind blows strong there, and the site is devoid of barriers… Avoid being near the shore, and don’t hesitate to watch your children if there are… Same thing for the selfies: it may seem surprising, but the selfies have caused many accidental deaths.

Anyway, Dun Aengus is without a doubt one of the most popular sites in the country! Don’t hesitate to take the boat to Inishmore and explore the site: the spot is simply breathtaking!

Practical informations

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Address Address: take the ferry to Rossaveal harbour. The site is located on the south coast of Inishmore.
Lieu : (County Galway)

Coordonnées GPSGPS : 53.125550,-9.766848

PricesPrices* :

4€ per adult | 3€ per senior | 2€ per child | 10€ per family

*prix indicatif pouvant varier en fonction de la saison et de la politique de l'établissement.

SchedulesSchedules :


DurationDuration: 45 minutes

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