Staigue Stone Fort

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Sneem, Ireland

Staigue Stone Fort Sneem Reviews

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Staigue Stone Fort, Sneem, Ireland Nov 11, 2017
Five kms from Sneem is Staigue Fort, probably built in the 1st century AD but possibly up to 400AD.

Used by a clan chieftan, it only has two small chambers entrenched within the thick walls although there were certainly either huts or tents in the centre. Astonishing construction this, as there is no visible mortar or cement used for the 4 metre thick and over 5 metre high walls. A doorway allows access to the interior (mind your heads).

Please close all gates on your way into the fields that surround the fort, there are sheep grazing, although you may not see them.

There was an "honesty box" attached to the entry gate, but without any amount asked. I left a couple of Euros hoping that that was enough.
Staigue fort
Very low doorway
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bigstoney82 bigstone…
29 reviews
Surreal Site Apr 09, 2012
This Fort was something my friend saw in a book of Ireland sites, but we couldn't find it on his GPS, we just happened to see a sign and we went for it! The road was small, looked like it should be one way, but there were houses out there, so not too sketchy to find. The drive was part of the fun, just being on some back road in Ireland, surrounded by farmland and Sheep, LOTS of sheep!

We pulled up to the "parking lot" (car park) which doesn't really look like you should be there, but we got out, opened a gate, that we figured was to keep the sheep in the area.

As we walked up on the Fort, we were both kind of in awe at it, and that's before realized it was most likely built in 300 to 400 AD, most likely for a very important person! It seems like a simple structure, but thinking about the time it was built puts it in a grand perspective for how truly awesome it is/was for the time.

It looks like a bunch of stones stacked in a circle from the outside, and basically it is, but with walls close to 20 feet (6 meters) high and 15 feet (4 meters) thick in some parts it shows what a feat this must have been to build.

When i walked inside (ducking of course!) i felt like i had gone back in time. The ground was covered in green grass, and the walls, you could walk up parts on "stairs".... there really wasn't much to the structure, no "cool" features but the feeling i got from the place will stick with me for a long, long time!

It's free, albeit a little hard to find, but it's in such a cool area and itself pretty amazing, i'd have to suggest that anyone who likes old buildings and is in the County of Kerry in Ireland should take some time out of your day to see Staigue Stone Fort.

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