Oughterard Round Tower and Cemetery
The site, in the community of Ardclough, is a National Monument; it includes a castle dating from 1636 and a church from c. 1189. The Round Tower is set on an elevated site in a beautifully well-maintained graveyard with a ruined late medieval barrel vault chapel (c. 1400’s). Set into the side of the ridge with beautiful views of the Wicklow Mountains, Oughterard was the site of an important Anglo-Norman manor but there are no references to the castle here until 1636. The tower stands at 9.5 meters tall.
The parish church was granted to St. Thomas’ Abbey in Dublin before 1189 and stayed in their possession for the next 400 years. In 1540 it was said to be in need of repair and in 1576 it was being leased to Sir Henry Ratcliff. In 1596 it was granted to Richard Hardings. This church on site houses vaults belonging to Arthur Guinness, who is now buried here.
The Oughterard Round Tower is featured on the Kildare Monastic Trail available from
How to get there
It lies east of the N7, 4km southeast of Sallins. Access to the site is free.
OSI Discovery Series Map 50: N 9566 2624.
Latitude: 53° 16′ 41″ N / Longitude: 6° 33′ 57″ W