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Rock of Dunamase

| Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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DON'T MISS THIS!

This is a phenomenal, and FREE castle ruin to explore, right off the main highway. One of our... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mike B
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Reno, Nevada
Amazing

A true hidden gem. Well worth a visit. To be able to climb such a ruin is fantastic. The views are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
neadweeney
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  • Average5%
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“amazing views” (21 reviews)
“castle ruins” (19 reviews)
“ruined castle” (14 reviews)
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| Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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"amazing views"
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"castle ruins"
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"ruined castle"
in 14 reviews
"surrounding countryside"
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"car park"
in 12 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 20 reviews
"steep climb"
in 6 reviews
"short walk"
in 7 reviews
"taking pictures"
in 5 reviews
"magical place"
in 4 reviews
"gravel path"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful spot"
in 4 reviews
"fresh air"
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"beautiful sunny day"
in 4 reviews
"oliver cromwell"
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"walk around"
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"worth a stop"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a phenomenal, and FREE castle ruin to explore, right off the main highway. One of our favorites of several we saw.

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A true hidden gem. Well worth a visit. To be able to climb such a ruin is fantastic. The views are stunning. Great day out

Thank neadweeney
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Reviewed 1 week ago

got some beautiful wedding pictures here breath taking views. 10 minutes or less from the hotel. beautiful place

Thank Leann Q
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the area and popped by to show our daughters, we were there 5 years almost to the date and felt the urge to revisit, beautiful views, it was a warm sunny day but in the distance a shower of rain fell and...More

Thank Lottie 0
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is right off the Dublin/Cork/Limerick road. You would never know that this place is here. A central location in the early Kings of Ireland. Great place for kids to explore around and spectacular location. Don't skip this spot.

1  Thank Barry C
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

I went to the home county of my ancestors and was pleasantly surprised to find this wonderful castle. It has a million dollar view of the county at the top of it. Wonderful structure and well worth the effort to go and see it. One...More

Thank LSUJane
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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

This place really is a nice place to visit, lot of history here and can spark young imaginations, great for a nice afternoon walk and explore

Thank Emlyn P
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Nice day out been here a few time and never get sick off it. The views are grate you can see for miles on a clear day

Thank Christopher C
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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Really beautiful great views all around one of the nicest places I have been to. Really relaxing and quiet

Thank Kornel S
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

I visited this great place in the heart of Laois again and I love it everytime, It is a wonderful ruins to leisurely walk around and take in the wonderful scenery around the area. I tis free to visit also. It has some great history...More

1  Thank xreff
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Jalene K
8 May 2018|
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Response from Kiera W | Reviewed this property |
Hi jalene its a very small car park and you are right beside attraction so id say safe enough , as you climb you can see your car but it’s entirely up to each person have a pleasant trip
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mmkapu
10 January 2018|
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Response from Ann S | Reviewed this property |
Traffic permitting approximately an hour from Dublin.
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Karen F
24 July 2017|
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Response from Vickie R | Reviewed this property |
I had torn my achilles - while in Ireland. I managed to hobble up most of the way. Not to the top - but far enough. An electric scooter would have been awesome to have.
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