Staigue Fort is probably one of the best examples of an ancient ringfort in Kerry. Its size is truly impressive! It is nearly 30 metres in diameter. Take the time to visit this pre-Christian ringfort when you are on your tour of the Ring Of Kerry. You won't regret visiting.
The fort is in very good condition and is one of the most important of its kind in Ireland. The walls are up to four metres thick and up to six metres high. The perfect dry stone walls are built without even the tiniest amount of mortar. These old Irish stonemasons must have been true masters at their craft!
There seems to be some dispute over the age and purpose of Staigue Fort. Some sources say it has been built around 400-600 AD others claim it dates back to the Bronze Age. It might have been used as an astronomical observatory since its entrance is facing truly south. It is also thought that is was the residence of an important chieftain...who knows...there remains some mystery....The purpose of the fort might have also changed throughout the centuries.
The inside was probably used for housing. The huts were more than likely
built from wood and gave shelter to occupants and maybe farm animals. If you would like to learn more about the history of this interesting stone fort have a look here.
Take the time and climb up onto the thick walls to enjoy the stunning view over the Kenmare bay. The mountains make a beautiful backdrop.
How To Get To Staigue Fort
This ring fort is located about 3.5 km north of the Ring Of Kerry
between Caherdaniel and Sneem. Turn off just before you reach Castlecove
(coming from Caherdaniel). It is well sign posted. A narrow road will
take you up towards the mountains. If you think you got lost..don't
worry...you are on the right track. Just keep going. You won't be able
to see the ringfort until you are nearly there. It lies well nestled in a
mountain valley. There is a car park and it is only a short walk to the
Entrance is free and you can go in there day or night. I would love to visit this place on a bright moonlit night! You can use this map for driving directions.
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