Staigue Stone Fort
Staigue Stone Fort Sneem 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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