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Dún Aonghasa (Dun Aengus) Tours

Dún Aonghasa (Dun Aengus)
Dún Aonghasa (Dun Aengus) is the most-visited of several prehistoric forts around the Aran Islands, which lie west of Ireland’s Atlantic coast. Perched on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and named after a mythical Irish king and pre-Christian god, the semi-circular stone fort dates back to the Bronze Age and offers insight into ancient Ireland.

The Basics
Even if you’re not staying on the Aran Islands, a time-saving way to visit the fort, and other attractions on the island of Inishmore, is on a day trip from Dublin. Tours typically include transfers to Galway by train, followed by a short and scenic flight to the Aran Islands. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the site, and enjoy some of Ireland’s best panoramas, before returning to Dublin in the evening.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dún Aonghasa is a must-visit for those with an interest in ancient Irish history.
  • There is an admission fee.
  • The 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) walking path from the visitors’ center is rocky so good walking shoes are a must.
  • The site’s multiple ancient stone walls, stairwells, and chambers make it inaccessible for wheelchair users and strollers.
  • There is no fence or barrier at the cliffside, so take care.
  • The site may be closed in the event of poor weather.

How to Get There
Dún Aonghasa is located 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) from the Kilronan Inishmore harbor. Private tourist buses transport visitors from the harbor to the site’s visitor center, or you can rent a bicycle from the harbor and cycle there, which takes around 25 minutes. From the visitor center, there is a short but uneven walk to the site.

When to Get There
The site is open to visitors year-round, seven days a week. From November through March, it is open from 9.30am to 4pm and from April through October it is open from 9.30am to 6pm. As this is the most popular of the Aran Islands’ prehistoric forts, try to arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

Other Prehistoric Sites
If you are interested in exploring more of  the Aran Islands’ prehistoric forts, you can visit Dún Duchathair, a large stone fort perched on the cliffs of Killeany; Dún Eoghanachta; and Dún Eochla—all of which are located on Inishmore. On nearby Inishmaan, you’ll find Dún Chonchuir, an oval-shaped stone fort.
Address: Kilmurvy, Ireland
Admission: Varies
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History & cultural tour of Inishmore, Aran Islands. Galway. Private. 2 ½ hours

History & cultural tour of Inishmore, Aran Islands. Galway. Private. 2 ½ hours

Step off the ferry/plane onto Inis Mór island and meet your native Irish speaking guide, who is a gifted storyteller and a national food champion. In his entertaining company, gain insights into the culture and history of this remote island on a tour that includes spectacular coastal scenery with stop offs at the World Heritage Site of Dún Aonghus, the monastic site of The Seven Churches, a seal colony viewing point and a visit to local craft village to meet the locals and see Celtic inspired crafts. Your guide will share his remarkable insights into the customs and traditions of an island that has been home to his ancestors for as long as time can remember.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Food, heritage & cultural tour Inishmore, Aran Islands. Galway. Guided. 5 hours.

Food, heritage & cultural tour Inishmore, Aran Islands. Galway. Guided. 5 hours.

Step off the ferry onto Inis Mór island and meet your native Irish speaking guide, who is a gifted storyteller and a national food champion. In his entertaining company, gain insights into the culture and history of this remote island on a tour that includes spectacular coastal scenery with stop offs at the World Heritage Site of Dún Aonghus, the monastic site of The Seven Churches, a seal colony viewing point and a visit to local craft village to meet the locals and see Celtic inspired crafts. He will share his remarkable insights into the customs and traditions of an island that has been home to his ancestors for as long as time can remember. As special foodie highlights, enjoy a seaweed tasting and foraging experience before your guide takes visitors to his goat farm to see his roaming Nubian and Saanen goats, and then gives a demonstration of how he makes his award-winning cheese that includes tasting this delicious island goat cheese.
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  • 5 hours
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