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Loher Cashel
Native name
Irish: Cathair an Lóthair
Loher Cashel 2.jpg
Type stone ringfort
Location Loher, Derrynane,
County Kerry, Ireland
Elevation 60 m (200 ft)
Height 3 m (9.8 ft)
Built c. 9th century AD
Architectural style(s) Gaelic Ireland
Owner State
National Monument of Ireland
Official name: Loher Cashel
Reference no. 611

Loher Cashel is a stone ringfort (cashel) and National Monument located on the Iveragh Peninsula, Ireland.

Location

Loher Entrance
The entrance way. Note the dry stone slabs that form the walls.

Loher Cashel is situated on the western edge of the Iveragh Peninsula overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay, 3.9 km (2.4 mi) northwest of Derrynane. This location may have been chosen for its view of Skellig Michael.

History

The cashel was built around the 9th century AD as a defended farmstead. It was recently reconstructed.

Description

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Aerial view of the cashel and surrounding countryside.

This is a circular stone ringfort (caiseal) of internal diameter 20 m (66 ft) with outer walls over 2 m (6 ft 7 in) high and 3 m (9.8 ft) thick accessible by stairways. It is built of drystone with gaps filled in with rubble.

In the interior are a large round house and a smaller rectangular house; archaeology has shown that these were preceded by wooden buildings. A souterrain was located in the circular house.

The entrance has a stone-lined passage similar to that at Staigue stone fort.

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