Kilmacduagh Abbey and the World’s Tallest Round Tower: Gort, Co Galway


 

Kilmacduagh Monastery - Photo by Tony CallandKilmacduagh Monastery – Photo by Tony Calland

For anyone wanting to take the roads over the Burren from Gort, Kilmacduagh is well worth the small detour. Dating back to the 7th century this is one of Ireland’s oldest monastic sites. Older in fact than Clonmacnoise but far less visited. The Round Tower has a clear lean and whilst many surrounding buildings are ruins, the graveyard is still in use. Take care and show respect when visiting especially if the site is in use.

There is a key available from the bungalow across the road from the site giving access to the museum room and some enclosed areas.

Editors Note: At 34 m (111 ft), this is the tallest round tower in the world… maybe that’s why it has such a lean ;) – CT

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Written by tony2phones

Early retired, Anglo-Irish living in rural east Galway. Well travelled on the Island of Ireland and a regular contributor to a number of Irish travel forums (aka tony2phones). Interests are mainly rural locations, photography, local festivals and events. Travel with my partner Christina and dog Brogan. Tony’s Tips

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  1. Michele Erdvig June 21, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Such a serene spot. There are usually very few (if any) tourists about.

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