The Ring Forts of Cahersiveen, County Kerry

Along the Ring of Kerry near the village of Cahersiveen, there are two ancient ring forts worthy of a stop. The forts share a gravel car park and require a short, rewarding walk.

Cahergal Fort has been restored and offers Ireland’s most impressive restoration of what the early Irish achieved using dry, stacked stone. The 10 foot thick walls reach a height of nearly 20 feet, and visitors can climb the “stepped” design all the way to the top where they can circumnavigate the “crown” of the fort — an unforgettable experience with views of the bay, Ballycarbery Castle, and the surrounding landscape.

Leacanabuaile Fort stands only a few yards away, and reveals how these forts look without the extensive reconstruction of its neighbor. Leacanabuaile also features an interesting inner chamber built into the forts walls.

Visit http://cahersiveen.ie/stone-forts/ for more info and location.

The path to Cahergal Fort

Impressive stonework… nearly 20 feet to the top – Cahergal Fort

Atop Cahergal Fort

Atop Cahergal Fort with Ballycarbery Castle in the distance.

Leacanabuaile Fort

Leacanabuaile Fort

Leacanabuaile Fort

Cahergal photos by Corey Taratua
Leacanabuaile photos by Anthony Rue – creative commons

Author: Liam

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