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Rock of Dunamase

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Address: | Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland

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Beautiful spot

It's well worth taking a few minutes to stop at the historic rock of Dunamase. Beautiful views,nice place to stretch the legs if travelling a distance and excellent place for a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
County Carlow, Ireland
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County Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's well worth taking a few minutes to stop at the historic rock of Dunamase. Beautiful views,nice place to stretch the legs if travelling a distance and excellent place for a picnic if the weather is kind

Thank reginadoheny
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is how the rock of Cashel was many years ago, when you could explore and get a real feel of how this castle was 100s of years ago. the kids had a great time exploring, and there were fantastic views of the countryside. we had a great fun,don't miss it

Thank Jennifermahon
Oxted, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating, well preserved hilltop fort with spectacular views of the surrounding plain. Mind you, we visited on a beautiful sunny day, and mild (despite 'end October'!). Seems inhabited by a flock of crows which adds to the atmosphere. Interesting parish church at its base. Well worth a short detour if one is staying Portlaoise town, just a few minutes' drive... More 

Thank RJ9999
Portlaoise, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The Rock has the best views of the Laois country side .As the building was built on the highest point. The ruins are great to explore, Visit on a nice day to get the best out of it. You see for miles around as the Midlands are mostly flat.

Thank Tony M
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Situated right beside Stradbally. From the top (a steep climb) there are fantastic 360 degree views of the countryside. Like most of the castles and abbeys in Ireland, it was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell, with only parts of the walls and towers still standing. But you can still get a sense of the impressive size of the original fortification. Well... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting site, the day we were there was some sort of ritual going on. One woman was wrapping a white cloth around the ruins and playing the violin wearing some sort of shroud whilst another was waving branches toward the sun. Was rather intriguing to watch! The ruins are vast and interesting, it was a lovely summers day and the... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The castle at Dunalastair is a huge site and must have been a building of some importance.with great views over the surrounding countryside. Not for anyone with walking difficulties. Magnificent and interesting ruins.

Thank PatOcarson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This local attraction is great for a walk in all weather. Lovely views of the country side. A good ruin to look at and if you visit the rock in Cashel you can see a restored one.

Thank Allan B
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Wonderful old ruined castle on a rocky outcrop, with fantastic views across the surrounding farming lands. Narrow country lanes on the approaches mean no tourist buses, but take care. Short uphill walk from the small carpark is not too strenuous. Site is under the control of OPW and entry is free.

Thank Travel_Revival
Celbridge, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Didn't realise how big this place was until we got there. Road up is quite narrow and parking limited. That said it wasn't a problem at the end of September. Quick walk up the hill and you're at the top of very extensive ruins. Kids had a ball climbing in and out of windows and jumping off ledges etc. Terrific... More 

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