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Clai Ban
Clai Ban

Kilronan, Inishmore

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dun Ducathair, Dun Eochla, and Teampall Bheanain. …

£69
Aran View Country House
Aran View Country House

Coast Road, Doolin 0000

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (101 reviews)

This family-friendly Doolin hotel is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Doolin Cave and Mountain View Horse Riding …

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Screebe House
Screebe House

Galway GA1, Rosmuck

5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rosmuck, this luxury country house is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Patrick Pearse's Cottage and within 12 mi (20 km) of …

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Sheedy's Country House Hotel
Sheedy's Country House Hotel

Lisdoonvarna, Lisdoonvarna

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (45 reviews)

Situated in Lisdoonvarna, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mountain View Horse Riding Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of …

£113
Shamrock Inn Hotel
Shamrock Inn Hotel

Main Street, Lahinch

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Situated in Lahinch, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lahinch Seaworld, Lahinch Surf School, and Lahinch Golf Clu …

£85
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Recess, Ballynahinch

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (83 reviews)

Situated on the riverwalk, this eco-friendly hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre …

£210
Admiralty Lodge
Admiralty Lodge

Spanish Point, Milltown Malbay 1

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The Twelve Hotel
The Twelve Hotel

Barna Village, Barna

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (255 reviews)

Located in the stylish seaside resort of Barna, The Twelve Hotel is 1.8 km (1 mi) from Silver Strand. The Galway Golf Club an …

£134
Connemara Sands
Connemara Sands

Mannin Bay, Ballyconneely

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (32 reviews)

Offering direct access to the beach, this Ballyconneely hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Mannin Bay Beach and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) …

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Loughrask Lodge B&B
Loughrask Lodge B&B

Loughrask, Ballyvaughan

3.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (10 reviews)

Situated in Ballyvaughan, this bed & breakfast is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Newtown Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aillwee Cave …

£77
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Pocket Guide: Inishmore Dun Aengus Hotels

Perched on the edge of some of the highest cliffs in Ireland, the ancient fortress of Dun Aonghasa is a spectacular sight. The Neolithic monument will whip your breath away with the Atlantic breeze, and spark your imagination of how the old Irish folk lived in this Bronze Age settlement. Dun Aengus is on Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands, and although there are only a handful of accommodation options on the island itself, Galway is only a short ferry ride away, where you can find a good choice of hotels, guesthouses, and family-run bed and breakfasts.

The Wonders of Ancient Ireland: Dun Aengus

When people first settled in Dun Aengus – an Anglicisation of the Irish name, Dun Aonghasa – it’s hard to imagine what they could have been thinking. The fortress is on top of a cliff at the edge of Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands, and life cannot have been easy for the Bronze Age and Iron Age people. The soil on the cliff top is battered by winds straight from the Atlantic ocean, stripping the rocks of much nutrition. The position is so precarious that archaeologists believe that a substantial portion of the fort has fallen into the sea in the millennia since it was built.

On the other hand, the views are breathtaking and it must have been easy for the ancients to defend such a position. Certainly the builders of Dun Aengus were expecting trouble – there are four defensive walls that are thick enough to withstand a cannon ball and the architects of Dun Aengus included rows of vicious, spiky stones, known as Chevaux-de-Frise, which would impale any army reckless enough to run at them.

Irish legend has it that Dun Aengus was built by the Fir Bolgs, a mythical race said to have colonised Ireland 2,000 years ago. More recent archaeological surveys, which began in Victorian times, suggest that Dun Aengus was inhabited at least 1,000 years before that, with burial chambers and other antiquities found on the site.

Visitors to Dun Aengus face a stiff climb up to the top of the cliffs, although when they get there the fortress has been modified to some extent to make it more accessible to visitors, with stairs and other amenities. There is also a museum with information and speculation about the origins and purpose of Dun Aengus.

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The stark, dazzling beauty of Dun Aengus is a must see for any visitor to Galway. The combination of ancient history and gorgeous sea views is enough on its own, but there’s enough other things to do in the area to make it worth a repeat visit. The island of Inishmore has some great hotels to choose from and Expedia can help out, giving you plenty of information to make the right choice and find the perfect place for you. Dun Aengus is something every visitor will enjoy.

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