Located on a 300ft cliff edge, Dún Aonghasa is an impressive ancient stone fort on the island of Inishmore, the largest of the trio of islands that make of the Aran Islands of the coast of Galway. This semi-circular fort overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and consists of three massive dry-stone walls and a defensive wall of jagged, upright stones, which surrounded the fort from cliff to cliff, to put off any wood be attackers from attacking the fort.
Dún Aonghasa (or Dún Aengus as it can sometimes be referred to) is thought to date back to around 1100BC although it is thought that ancient Irish farming communities have been living on the land since around 1500BC. The walls of Dún Aonghasa were refortified between 700 and 800AD, and while most of the area lies in ruins today, it is still a hugely impressive structure due to its lofty position on the stunning Inishmore cliffs.
Today, Dún Aonghasa is one of the most popular visitor attractions on the Aran Islands, with many choosing to cycle to the fort from the pier, while others choose to walk across the rugged terrain from the nearby visitor centre. A trip to Dún Aonghasa is sure to take you back in time, as you walk in the footsteps of islanders from yesteryear.