The Disqualified Round Towers of Ireland

Turmartin (Co. Galway) – visited 6 August 1998

This ruin on a hillside at the eastern most point of Inishmore is sometimes referred to as a round tower but is in fact a dry-stone tower of very loose construction standing direct on the bare rock. The highest point of the remains is c. 2.7m. Its purpose is obscure, possibly as a marker for boats at sea, but it is certainly not a round tower. It is sometimes said to mark St. Gregory´s grave but this can hardly be true since the ground is all solid rock. There are no monastic remains in the vicinity. (B.)