Rock of Dunamase, Portlaoise
(4.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • this is how the rock of Cashel was many years ago, when you could explore and get a real feel of how this castle was 100s of years ago. the kids had a great time exploring, and there were fantastic vi...  more »
  • Fascinating, well preserved hilltop fort with spectacular views of the surrounding plain. Mind you, we visited on a beautiful sunny day, and mild (despite 'end October'!). Seems inhabited by a flock o...  more »
  • The Rock has the best views of the Laois country side .As the building was built on the highest point. The ruins are great to explore, Visit on a nice day to get the best out of it. You see for miles ...  more »
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  • Loved this location. It is free to access and is an awesome trip through time. The view from the top is beautiful. A great spot to take a break from driving and stretch the legs. It is all dirt trails, not a tough hike, but a hike nonetheless.
  • we didn't plan a visit but saw the saw on the road. Very nice castle to visit for a quick stop. It's really worth climbing all the way to the top, you'll have an amazing view over the area.
  • This was one of the coolest places we visited while in Ireland. I would highly recommend going here if you can. We had a lot of fun wandering around and trying to reconstruct the castle and walls in our heads. It was also super quiet so we had the whole thing almost completely to ourselves!
  • Provided a great view within arresting ruins. A very great place to take Panorama shots with your camera.
  • Incredible views of the countryside! Although the ruins aren't to impressive, the view is. A must see!