Embark on an exhilarating virtual walking tour to Dún Dúchathair, the Black Fort, on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Traverse the stony path along the cliff-top edge, overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean, and immerse yourself in the rich history of this Iron Age stone fort.
Along the way, take in the scenery of Gleann Mór, the Big Glen, a catchment area for the island's water supply, where water emerges and recedes with the seasons, known as a turlough, creating an enchanting landscape. Experience the island's ancient geological formations, dating back three hundred million years, with limestone and granite remnants from the Ice Age.
As you approach Dún Dúchathair, admire the Chevaux-de-Frise, or Battle Needles, a fascinating feature of the fort's exterior. Step inside the fort's central area, where remnants of beehive huts stand as a testament to the intelligence and ingenuity of the people who built them. Learn about the island's once-joined connection to the mainland, now beautifully transformed into Inis Mor, Inis Meáin, and Inis Oírr.
Journey through time as you explore the ancient living quarters and discover how this fort was once sheltered from the northwest winds. Experience the captivating range of wildflowers that grace these forts, evoking poetic admiration.
While this virtual tour lacks a local guide, the stunning visuals give you an insight into the fort's construction, its location and historical significance, and the mysterious origins of the island's inhabitants.
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