September 17, 2006
The fort itself is impressive. The curved wall is all of dry stone construction and is very rounded and smooth. A small entrance on the west side provides entrance. Try not to think about all those tons of stone above you as you stoop and walk through the wall to the interior. Inside there are terraced walkways up the walls to the top. There are the remains of single stone structure with rock steps jutting from the sides. The fort dates to between the 9th and 11th centuries. There are incredible view of the countryside around from the top of the wall. Ballycarbery Castle is visible to the West and you can see Cahersiveen and Velentia harbor clearly as well.
Prominently sited on top of a massive rock, 1,200 feet from Cahergal, Leacanabuaile Stone fort has a reconstructed dry-stone wall 10 feet thick but only 5 feet high. There were three beehive huts inside, but only one survives, with a square house built against it and on top of the ruins to two other houses. The round house abuts the wall of the fort, and from its doorway a hole in the floor leads into a souterrain. We were not able to visit this fort, but I understand it is well worth the trip.
From journal Ring of Kerry