Rock of Dunamase, Portlaoise

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Storm the castle at Rock of Dunamase, a fortress dating back to the 12th century and once pillaged by Vikings. The rock itself stands above a flat plain, which holds the castle ruins and offers picturesque views of the countryside. The structure has passed through many hands, including the Normans and local Irish lords, and local tradition says it was besieged and blown up by the Cromwellian generals in 1651. While there are no records of these events, it is probably the best explanation for the ruins you can explore today. Take care when navigating the castle, as some parts can be dangerous. To visit Rock of Dunamase and other attractions in Portlaoise, use our Portlaoise travel itinerary maker.
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  • This is a fantastic ruin of a castle with a rich and interesting history.On quiet peaceful days its a lovely walk like stepping back in time and the views across the countryside are lovely.It summer i...  more »
  • We made this one of our stops from Dublin to Cork, and it was well worth it. It's quiet, not too many tourists. The climb up to the top was quite easy and the paths were well marked. We enjoyed explor...  more »
  • The Rock of Dunamase was our last "ruin" visit on our Ireland trip and I am so glad we stuck with trying to find it, even though our GPS led us to the wrong location. Not sure what happened, but be su...  more »
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  • Great for young children. Short walk from carpark. Thankfully undeveloped. Nothing​commercial. Great views across Co Laois for such a low hill.
  • Google the history of this castle. Off the tourist path- remarkable story tracing back to the last time Ireland was independent. Great picture spots.
  • Amazing and under appreciated We were just about the only people there, crazy as it's fantastic. Great history and great to walk amongst the ruins, like a movie scene
  • A very cool and unique experience to be able to explore the ruins of an ancient castle and it's free!
  • Great slice of history in the midlands..worth the trek to the top for the fantastic view of the land.