Cahercommaun Stone Fort
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Tourist Information Office, Ennis, Clare, Republic of Ireland
Cahercommaun Stone Fort is set dramatically on the edge of a steep valley near Ballyvaughan, in County Clare.
Cahercommaun Triple Stone Fort (stone fort of Comin) is dramatically situated on the edge of a steep valley. Stone arcs within stone arcs enclose a central stronghold with 3m thick walls, which in turn enclose an inner sanctum reaching up to 3.5m high. The fort would once have been home to an extended family group living off the land. Built around 800 AD and remarkably similar to the great fort at Dun Aenghus on the Aran islands, the inner wall alone used 16,500 tons of stone and was almost a complete circle before the north wall fell down the cliff. It was excavated in the 1930s.
It’s about one kilometre from the road, but well worth the walk, for spectacular views of the wooded valley alone.