Cahergall Fort Tours

Dating back to the seventh century, this ring fort is one of several such structures dotted around County Kerry. Restored to better resemble its original state, this circular stone structure features sturdy stone walls up to 16.4 feet (5 meters) thick and 6.6 feet (4 meters) high, and affords stunning views down to the Atlantic coast.
 
The Basics
Cahergall Fort is one of the Ring of Kerry’s lesser-known sights and is often overlooked on tours of the area, though it can be incorporated into private tours with custom-made itineraries from several nearby towns such as Killarney, Kenmare, and Killorglin. Because of Cahergall Fort’s proximity to Leacanabuaile Fort and Ballycarbery Castle, the three sites are frequently visited together. Steps on the fort’s internal walls allow visitors to climb up to the top level, which—on a clear day—offers views of the Atlantic Ocean and Valentia Harbour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Cahergall Fort is a must for history buffs and those traveling with children, who will enjoy running around the open ruins.
  • Bring a camera to capture images of the surrounding countryside from atop the fort’s walls.
  • Wear sturdy, waterproof shoes so you can easily navigate the uneven stone steps, even in changeable weather.
 
How to Get There
The fort is situated in an area known as “over the water” by locals, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Cahersiveen in County Kerry. From Cahersiveen, cross over the bridge down by the Old Barracks and follow signposts for Cahergall Fort. The fort is in an isolated area not served by public transport. If you don’t have access to a car, it’s best to go as part of a tour.
 
When to Get There
Cahergall Fort is situated off the beaten tourist track, and the site itself is rarely busy. However, there is  limited parking, and spots are snapped up quickly in summer. Arrive in the early morning or late afternoon to ensure you get a spot.
 
What to See Nearby
Two other historic attractions lie in the immediate vicinity of Cahergall Fort. The first, Leacanabuaile Fort, is another partially reconstructed ring fort and is just a stone’s throw away. Leacanabuaile Fort features stone walls, an underground tunnel, and the remains of ancient dwellings. Also in the area are the ruins of 16th-century Ballycarbery Castle, a crumbling, ivy-clad structure overlooking the Atlantic.
Location
Address: Ballycarbery East, Caherciveen, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
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Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Killorglin

Marvel at some of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes on this private Ring of Kerry tour from Killorglin. Head deep into the Iveragh Peninsula with your private guide and discover famous landmarks including Cahergall Fort, Leacanabuiaile Fort and Ballycarbery Castle. Pass through quaint villages such as Kenmare, Sneem and Waterville, and enjoy an altogether more relaxed pace of life in the Irish countryside. Admire top attractions like the Torc Waterfalls and Cromwell's Bridge, and enjoy the freedom to plan your own route with your private guide.
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Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Sneem and Parknasilla

Discover top attractions and hidden jewels on the Emerald Isle on this private Ring of Kerry tour from Sneem and Parknasilla. Delve into the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula with your private guide. Take in top landmarks such as the medieval fortresses of Cahergall and Leacanabuiaile, the Torc Waterfalls, Ballycarbery Castle and Cromwell's Bridge. Explore pretty villages like Cahersiveen, Killorglin and Sneem and enjoy a pace of life far removed from the city. During your private tour, stop where you like and make the most of your time on Ireland’s Iveragh Peninsula.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Cahersiveen

Choose your own route through the Emerald Isle and hit the highlights you want to see on this private Ring of Kerry tour from Cahersiveen. Explore the Iveragh Peninsula with your private guide and discover top landmarks such as Ballycarbery Castle, Cromwell's Bridge, Ross Castle, the Skellig Ring, the Stone Circle and the Torc Waterfalls. Marvel at the medieval fortifications of Cahergall and Leacanabuiaile, and pass through quaint towns such as Kenmare and Waterville. Take the Coomakista Pass for spectacular views, and enjoy the freedom to stop wherever you’d like.
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