Cahergal Stone Fort, Cahersiveen, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

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  • Created: April 30, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Kerry
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Cahergal Stone Fort located within walking or driving distance (3km) of Cahersiveen town in Co. Kerry is said to have been built between 600 to 1,100 AD.  This awe inspiring and impressive ancient fort built by ’dry wall’ construction has an internal diameter of nearly 25m and has massive walls rising up to 6 metres high with stairs and 5m thick at the base. Cahergal is also only short walk (1km) from Leacanabuaile Stone Fort which is a more complex but smaller structure than Cahergall.  A question commonly raised is why were these two massive forts built only 400m apart? Maybe Cahergal was an amphitheatre with tiered seating and a central stage while Leacanabuaile was a place where people lived. Simple answer is that we will never know for sure. In comparison to Loher Fort and Staigue Forts near Waterville, both on the Ring of Kerry, these forts are relatively unknown but equally as impressive.

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1. Cahergall Stone Fort

Altitude: 66 ft