Rock of Dunamase, Portlaoise

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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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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  • The castle at Dunalastair is a huge site and must have been a building of some importance.with great views over the surrounding countryside. Not for anyone with walking difficulties. Magnificent and i...  read more »
  • This local attraction is great for a walk in all weather. Lovely views of the country side. A good ruin to look at and if you visit the rock in Cashel you can see a restored one. 
  • Wonderful old ruined castle on a rocky outcrop, with fantastic views across the surrounding farming lands. Narrow country lanes on the approaches mean no tourist buses, but take care. Short uphill wal...  read more »
  • Beautiful hidden gem of a ruined fortification on a hillside. Although it was slighted during the Cromwellian period to avoid it bring used defensively, enough of it remains to give an impression of what it must have been like in its heyday of the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • 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!
  • This is an amazing place, fantastic opportunity to have a close meet up with the past. There is outstanding view from the top, unforgettable experience. A good history lesson as well
  • View from the Rock of Dunamase on to Holy Trinity Church ... situated between Portlaoise and Stradbally, Co. Laoise, Ireland. Photo by Stephen Emerson Dublin to Portlaoise via the Wicklow Mountains (138km) The bustling Irish capital of Dublin gives way to wild, remote countryside in the Wicklow Mountains. At the foot of the mountains, Powerscourt Waterfall (Ireland's highest), surrounded by beech, oak and pine trees, makes an idyllic picnic stop. Sweeping vistas over the surrounding blanket bog unfold from the Sally Gap mountain pass. The road winds through Wicklow Mountains National Park before descending to the leafy village of Laragh. Turning east here takes you past the precipitous, wooded Glendalough valley, sheltering Ireland's finest monastic settlement, founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. Many of its medieval buildings are still intact. The valley's two teal-blue lakes flank the road east towards the Midlands hub of Portlaoise.
  • Great view from the top of the hill. But take your time to explore well the castle ruins, there are a lot places that hide more ruins so pay attention to the details.
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