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Dun Eochla is a remarkably well-preserved ancient stone fort on the island of Inishmore. The stone ring fort, built on the highest point of the island, has imposing stone walls, measuring some 15 feet in height and nine feet thick. Although some restorations have taken place on the fort over the course of history, it’s estimated to have been originally built between 550 and 800 AD. It’s thought that the fort was once home to an extended family and their animals that lived on the island, and many believe that it stands on the site of an even older fort.
The island of Inishmore, on which Dun Eochla stands, is one of the largest islands in the Aran Islands. The island is famous for the number of ancient relics situated on it and for the close preservation of Irish culture by its population, many of whom continue to speak Irish as their first language.
The Aran Isles are easily accessible by ferry from Galway City, with boats leaving regularly throughout the year. Galway City makes an excellent base for visiting Dun Eochla, allowing you to mix your metropolitan experience of the vibrant city with an escape to the serenity of the ancient hill fort.
A trip to Dun Eochla makes for an inspiring family activity. Children of all ages will marvel at the history that surrounds these crumbling stone walls. It’s a great way to fuel a conversation about the history of ancient Ireland, and something that all the family can enjoy.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Galway City to suit all of the family. Check out a range of hotels with swimming pools, children’s clubs and babysitting services. Make sure all the family are well rested and entertained, ready to set out and drink in the rich history of the Emerald Isle.
The Aran Isles themselves are an incredibly romantic destination. Wandering among the ruins against the breathtaking backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean is an activity for any couple to relish. And basing your trip in Galway City means that there’s plenty of places to wine and dine after a day spent immersing yourself in Ireland’s ancient history.
Have a look through Expedia’s selection of hotels in the area, and you can find something to suit your needs. From a luxury hotel to a highly rated bed and breakfast where you can expect a warm and cosy welcome, you should find everything you need to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Galway City has plenty of accommodation options for luxury breaks. Make sure you’re well rested, comfortable and prepared before your trip to Dun Eochla. Splash a little extra cash, or look for the best deal on the highest quality stay. From highly rated hotels, to extra decadent bed and breakfasts and historical locations, there are many options to choose from.