Rattoo : Round Tower

Grid RefQ 878 336
GPSQ 87841 33597
Longitude9° 38' 58.71" W
Latitude52° 26' 32.71" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallyduff (1.5 Km)
OS Sheet63
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 3rd April 2005

This is a superb example of a round tower, if somewhat oddly sited. The tower is complete and still retains its conical stone roof. The doorway, which has a locked wooden door, is around 3m from the ground on the east side. There are the usual four windows on the top level facing in the direction of the cardinal points of the compass. There is a single window on the floor below facing east.

The reason the site is so odd is that it is outside the wall around the church and in a ploughed field. Amazingly the farmer gets away with ploughing to within one metre of the base of the tower!

For those who like round towers this has to be one of the best examples in the southwest.

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Marked Sites


From Ballyduff head south down the R551 for about 500m. On the right you will see a signposted road for the round tower. Drive to the end of this and park. If you get that far you can't miss the round tower.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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