Set on a grassy outcrop with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, the remote Leacanabuaile Fort is a worthwhile addition to any tour of the beautiful Ring of Kerry. The original fort, thought to date back to the ninth or 10th century, has been partially reconstructed to give a better sense of its original features.
Most visitors to Leacanabuaile Fort also take in the nearby Cahergall Fort, which is just a short walk away. Both forts are relatively remote and do not feature on most tourist itineraries, though some private Ring of Kerry tours will stop here, as well as at nearby Ballycarbery Castle, a picturesque 16th-century ruin along the Kerry coast. At Leacanabuaile Fort, visitors are free to explore independently. Informational signage at the site provides historical context.
Things to Know Before You Go
Leacanabuaile Fort is fun families with children, who will enjoy running around the ruins.
Take a camera to capture images of the neighboring Cahergall Fort from the ramparts of Leacanabuaile.
Bring waterproof walking shoes and rain gear in case of wet weather.
How to Get There
Leacanabuaile Fort can be found about 2.4 miles (4 kilometers) southeast of the village of Cahersiveen, which is situated along the main Ring of Kerry driving route. From Cahersiveen, cross over the bridge down by the Old Barracks and follow signposts for the fort. The drive required navigating narrow, rural roads, so some visitors may prefer to go as part of a guided tour.
When to Get There
Leacanabuaile Fort’s remote location means it is usually peaceful and uncrowded. However, the parking lot, which this sight shares with nearby Cahergall Fort, is small and can fill up during the summer season. Visit these forts early in the day or during late afternoon to make sure you can find a spot.
What to See Nearby
Also situated near Cahersiveen is Cahergall Fort, a larger and older ring fort that affords superb views out over the coast. Ballycarbery Castle is less than five minutes from the fort by car; though it is not open to the public, this ivy-covered 16th-century ruin can be admired and photographed from the roadside.