Rock of Dunamase
Near Midlands Park Hotel
The Rock of Dunamase is a must visit during you hotel break in Laois, perched on a hill-top, situated in Dunamase on the N80 road halfway between Portlaoise and Stradbally and just 11 minutes by car from Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise.
Experience and explore the stunning views of the surrounding countryside with the historic fortress ruins of the Rock of Dunamase. Sunsets and sunrises are especially incredible on the rock and the perfect opportunity for you to capture some stunning pictures of the scenic Laois countryside.
The History of the Rock of Dunamase
Taking its name from the Irish Dún Másc, meaning the ‘Fort of Masc, Dunamase was the seat or fort of the ancient Irish kings of Laois. Down through the centuries, warriors have fought to control this limestone outcrop. The first known settlement on the rock was Dun Masc, an early Christian settlement that was pillaged in 842 by the Vikings. Interestingly the Rock of Dunamase was part of the dowry of Aoife, the daughter of Diarmuid Mac Murrough who was King of Leinster
Little beyond a few arches remain of the original structure, as the castle was all but destroyed some 200 years after it was built in the 12th century.
Today the ruins on the Rock of Dunamase are managed by the State and conservation work by the Office of Public Works have ensured that the Rock of Dunamase will survive for future generations to explore and enjoy.
Something you might not have known is that the Rock of Dunamase was a location used in the movie Leap Year, a romantic comedy starring Amy Adams.
The Rock of Dunamase is an easy climb suitable for all ages and it’s paved up to the site and is well worth a visit to soak up both the history and the views during your stay with us at Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise.
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Address: Dunamase, County Laois. Phone: +353 (0) 57 8664129
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