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Dunbeg Promontory Fort
 

County

Kerry

Coordinates

N 52° 06' 12.1"   W 010° 24' 31.2"

Nearest town

Dingle

Grid Ref.

V 35016 97292

Map No.

70

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

31

Date of visit

Wednesday 26 June 2013

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The approach to the fort from the last rampart. At the end of the path there's the cashel and inside the cashel there's the clochán.


Of the many promontory forts in Ireland this is probably the most impressive and clear to understand.
What is immediately visible is the outer dry stone cashel or rampart. Originally this was straight but it was made curved after a later re-contruction to reinforce the wall. It's a very thick structure with a 6.70 metres long passageway aligned to south (170°) that leads to a inner yard where the remains of a large clochán are.
The passageway of the cashel is lintelled and protected by two guard chambers on its sides.
The clochán has a circular shape outside and a square shape inside. Its internal dimensions are 6.60 metres by 6.60 metres.
The passageway of the clochán is also lintelled and it's vaguely aligned towards the passageway of the outer wall. It's 2 metres long and faces to northwest (320°).
Four ditches and five mounds outside the rampart added an extra protection to the site.
The fort is accessible upon the payment of an entrance fee that includes an audiovisual presentation.

We came to this fort for the first time on June 9th, 2001.


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