Cahergall Fort
Cahergall Fort
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand1,130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
A very interesting (but restored) stone fort built over a thousand years ago. A great place to visit for its historical value in seeing how defenses in the 7th century were built, and how they differed significantly from the many castles that abounded later in history.
It is also a place where you can climb all over and really achieve a sense of how defensive and protective they were.
It also affords visitors wonderful views including two nearby sights that can no longer be visited. These being Ballycarbery Castle and the Leacanabuaile Ring Fort.
Beware of a man who frequents the entrance holding baby lamb (or goat), offering you an opportunity to hold it while he takes a photo of you (with your camera). Regrettably, few can resist such an experience, and then find him asking them for a “donation” (of a few euro’s).
Written 4 June 2024
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
A wonderful stop to a historic large stone ring fort near Cahersiveen on the Ring of Kerry drive. This amazing dry stone structure - tall with thick walls - was built on a rocky outcrop now in the middle of a farmer's sheep grazing field. It's just a short walk on a well worn grassy and gravel path to the fort from the parking lot, large enough for coaches; there is a stile to walk through. A sign at the fort provides information about this structure believed to have been built 1000 years ago.

Upon entering the fort through a narrow low opening, we saw a smaller dry stone circle. This was the now roofless dwelling which had thick 5 foot walls as its foundation. Inside it, we could see a flat stone with curved indents which were probably used for cooking. Conveniently, the dwelling had 2 exits/entrances.

However, the attraction of this site for me was the many stone stairs built all around the interior wall of the fort. These stairs led to the top of the fort where we could see wonderful views of the surrounding area - useful, too, to see your adversary approach. It was great fun to climb those stairs and remarkable that they were not closed off to the public in order to preserve them. We had the fort to ourselves, but did meet another coach tour walking towards the fort as we left. 45 minutes is a good time allowance for this visit.
Written 22 June 2023
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BRDman7
Vancouver, Canada348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
Loved stopping by here and seeing the history as well as the beauty of the area. Definitely worth a visit while in the area.
Written 3 October 2022
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Jody M
100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This ring fort made for an interesting stop. There is some parking available and it’s a short walk to both ring forts. There is not much information at the sight, just a small plaque. Cahergal has really great walls and Leacanabuaile shows better how the set up was inside.
Written 3 September 2022
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LucyAbu
Pasadena, CA247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
A lot cooler than I thought it would be! It's a short walk and not well signposted but you can see it from the road and there is a small parking lot. It amazing to climb up to the top and see a castle in the distance. Def worth a stop on the Ring of Kerry.
Written 30 June 2022
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Marcus E
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Couples
When you look up at the stonework you can only marvel at the skills of the past. Good photo opportunity
Written 26 June 2022
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Jenny
New York City, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Stunning fort! The highlight however is the stunning, charismatic Jibbles, a buxom sheep who is as friendly as a wee dog, who guards the front door. Jibbles likes to be hand fed grass, head scratches, and will lift a fire leg to paw at you if you aren’t paying enough attention. She is a sweet angel and potentially a faery sheep.
Written 11 April 2022
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Julia @Scrumptious Solent
Southampton, UK4,164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
Just a ten minute detour off the ring of Kerry drive and well worth a quick stop. The fort was much bigger than I expected and well preserved. You can climb up the walls to get good views of the local area and admire the dry stone walls. Free car park about a ten minute walk away.
Written 15 September 2021
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Susan D
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
well preserved and easy access for all levels. great to explore and learn of how people lived in years passed
Written 19 July 2021
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Lochlainneach
County Dublin, Ireland43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Wow, I was not expecting to come across such an amazing stone fort near Cahersiveen because I hadn't read anything about it before. Cross the long narrow bridge just past the heritage centre and turn left at the other side. About a mile further on, you will come to a small carpark and you can see the stone fort from there. It's in very good condition , a great thick stone wall with steps up to the top on the inside. They say that it was the residence of a rich landowner in the distant past. Great views all around - and it's free to visit!
Written 30 September 2020
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