Ring Forts

Ring of Kerry

Some 3km northwest of Cahersiveen, two extraordinary stone ring forts situated 600m apart are reached from a shared parking area. Cahergal, the larger and more impressive, dates from the 10th century and has stairways on the inside walls, a clochán (circular stone building, shaped like an old-fashioned beehive), and the remains of a roundhouse. The smaller, 9th-century Leacanabuile contains the outlines of four houses. Both have a commanding position overlooking Ballycarbery Castle and Valentia Harbour, with superb views of the Kerry mountains.

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1. Ballycarbery Castle

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2. Old Barracks Heritage Centre

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3. O'Connell's Birthplace

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At the bridge across the Carhan River on the eastern edge of town, a neat little memorial park remembers Daniel O'Connell (1775–1847), 'the Great…

4. Valentia Island Heritage Centre

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5. Glanleam House & Gardens

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7. Geokaun Mountain

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8. Skellig Experience

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