Approximately 2,500-year-old, the stone Staigue Fort—signposted 4 km (2½ miles) inland at Castlecove—is almost circular and about 75 feet in diameter, with a single south-side entrance. From the Iron Age (from 500 BC to the 5th century AD) and early Christian times (6th century AD), such "forts" were, in fact, fortified homesteads for several families of one clan and their cattle. The walls at Staigue Fort are almost 13 feet thick at the base and 7 feet thick at the
top; they still stand 18 feet high on the north and west sides. Within them, stairs lead to narrow platforms on which the lookouts stood. Private land must be crossed to reach the fort, and a "compensation for trespass" of €1 is often requested by the landowner.
Castlecove, Sneem, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Jun 12, 2003
Set perfectly in a valley, this old fort is one of the oldest things we've seen. Crudely constructed, it is still in relatively great shape (for something 4500 years old). For a 2Euro donation to the family who owns the land, it's a great, quiet diversion along the Ring of Kerry.