There aren't many signposted ringforts in Ireland, so I was very surprised to see a signpost at the bottom of the lane to this one. The signpost also gave me hope that this would be a particularly spectacular example. Sadly this is not the case.
I was disappointed by the amount of scrub and undergrowth that cover the site. The bank and fosse on the south side are very well defined, but I struggled to get to the north side.
The views are amazingly long from here. It's a fine spot to sit and have a lunch break on a sunny day after visiting the nearby barrow (see Carrowreagh (County Laois)). That's exactly what I did before heading off home.
You can drive nearly all the way up to the site if you wish. You go up the farm track, through two gates and park near to the upper farmyard. From there it's a 250m walk, but there are no more signs. You have to keep a lookout to the left of the track and try to spot the bank and the curving treeline. The track is quite rough in places and I tore off a bit of my car going up, so be careful!
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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.