Less promoted than the islands main attraction Dun Aengus Fort, the Black Fort offers as much and more. It’s less visited and one can easily wander off in any direction that catches their whimsy rather than having to stay on a single path until reaching the destination. So wander we did and an incredible day of fun hiking and exploring is what we had.
The Black Fort dates back some 3000ish years, somewhere between the Bronze and the Iron Age. There’s not certainty about whether it was built for ceremonial or defensive reasons. The curved patterns of the inner walls suggest ceremonial but the cheval de frise that my children are ‘growing’ out from suggest defensive. Johnny who was a wonderful guide on our visit despite being a ball of nerves with us all climbing and peering over cliff edges.
When we got home, I took a two hour nap. Bliss. I awoke to Johnny just finishing barbecuing dinner. After eating, we all watched a movie together before heading to bed. It was a brilliant family day.
If you ever make it out to The Aran Islands, The Black Fort should be top of your list to explore. That is, right after you stop by our house for a visit and a cup of tea.