The ancient Irish hill fort of Dun Aengus, perched 300 feet above the crashing Atlantic waves on the wes, is a great place to see and sense the Celts taking a last stand with their backs to the sea, and no place else to go. The whole island of Inishmoor is hardly anything more that rocks and great sea views, but it was all they had.
A 700BC stone fort, the rival of any in Europe. The fort stretches to the cliff edge on the western side of the Island and the fact that it remains is testimony to the skills and determination of ancient Celtic tribesmen who lived, worked and fought here 3000 years ago. The sight of the ancient building, the sound of crashing waves against the cliff face below, and the sweet sea air, guarantee that this site stays in the memory of visitors. There are less people around in the evening if you want a chance to see the area on your own. Be careful on the cliff face. Two other impressive stone forts, Dun Eochla and Dun Duchathair are also worth the visit.
Aerial views of the rugged Aran Islands, on the west coast of Ireland. Ancient Celtic fields and forts dominate the landscape.
The Celtic fort of Dun Aengus sits atop 300 foot cliffs overlooking the Atlantic.
Contact: Aran Island Tourist Office, Aran Tourist Office, Kilronan, Aran Islands, Ireland Phone: 359 99 61263
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