The Aran Islands include some of the most beautiful cliff formations in Ireland. These cliffs, sculpted by thousands of years of erosion, are dramatic and breathtaking. The islands provide an exceptional experience for anyone wishing to discover nature’s splendor, with their spectacular views across Galway Bay.
With these amazing cliffs came the island’s defences. Visitors may tour various historic monuments and learn about their intriguing history, from the earliest Iron Age construction on Inishmore to Dun Aonghasa, one of Europe’s largest coastal forts.
The Aran Islands are a famous tourist attraction, and seeing the forts and cliffs is one of the most memorable experiences you can have on the islands.
Dún Dúchathair ( the Black fort) set on the Cliffs of Aran
This fort is situated on the cliffs at Cill Éinne, (Killeany )Inis Mór. Some visitors enjoy the solitude of it in contrast with the busyness of Dún Aonghasa. The fort consists of a terraced wall surrounding the remains of some early dwelling houses known as Clocháns( stone houses). Excavations have not been out carrcled yet so exact dates cannot be given but it is thought to be possibly contemporary with Dún Aonghasa. It is understood that the name the Black Fort comes from the dark coloured limestone which is characteristic of this particular area on the island.