Looking southwards up to Dún Fearbhaí       Dún Fearbhaí terracing on east & north wall
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The Dúns of Aran:

DÚN  Fearbhaí ( Dún Mur)
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Inis Meain
Looking from Dún Fearbhaí north east to Inis Oirr
Ivy covered north wall looking east
From Dún Fearbhái looking east to Inis Oirr

Dún Fearbhaí is the second dún on Inis Meain, the middle island of the Aran Islands. Meain means 'middle' in Irish. The Dún is also know as Dún Mur which is thought to have the same derivation as Moher in the nearby Cliffs of Moher.

Of all the Dúns it is perhaps the least known and certainly the most neglected. As with Dún Concubhair, the Government Department responsible for maintaining these ancient monuments seems to be somewhat negligent in allowing the ivy take a hold on the walls causing them to crumble. Ironically this is the same department that prevents you from walking on the walls of Dún Aengus lest you disturb the stones!

Despite Dún Fearbhaí's neglect it is a facinating fort in its own right, containing two walls and one terrace built on a steep incline overlooking Galway Bay. The interior of this Dún is overgrown and inaccessible except for a central track from the South wall to the North wall. Because of this it is difficult to tell whether there are any traces of internal structures similar to what is found in the other forts.

Dún Fearbhaí is the smallest of the forts in terms of area and also has an unusual 'D' shape as a result of it following the natural contours of its setting.

Sitting on its walls today it is hard to imagine the seas of 5,500 years ago that overcame the land between the islands and flooded into what at that time was a large lake, turning it into the Galway Bay.


Number of enclosures: 1.
Inner enclosure wall height: 5m
Inner enclosure width at base: 4-5m

Diameter - widest pt: 30m
Diameter - shortest pt: 25m
Chevaux de frise: No
Entrance location: SE


Ivy again on south wall