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