on June 23, 2011
The Ring of Kerry has many Iron Age forts - some designated as historical sites and others just sitting out there on the hillsides, waiting for you to find them! We visited several - driving slowly along very narrow roads and holding our breath when we met someone coming the other way!The first one we visited was Leacanabuile which wasn't difficult to find but did involve a good walk. There was one other couple there at the time and he had fallen and broked his leg so the emergency vehicle was there too. The fort was built in the 9-10th century to protect the land of a wealthy farmer. The circular fort was built with two strong stone walls and the space between filled with smaller stones, making for a very strong wall about 8-10 feet wide. Within there were other stone structure, perhaps a house, with an underground passage leading to the wall.Nearby there is another stone fort, not really accessible to a tourist, but impressive from the distance. Then we passed a few that seemed interesting to us, but were not really tourist sites.The next was Staigue Fort thought to have been built around 400 AD. This was one up a very narrow long dirt road - not easy to get to, but worth it if you like prehistoric sites. Again, it was built as protection for a local lord. It was built without mortar and has walls as high as 18 feet. There is a roofed entrance passage with lintels, amazing work for such an early time.
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