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Parkanovear Castle
 

County

Kerry

Coordinates

N 52° 04' 33.48"   W 009° 33' 18.12"

Nearest town

Killarney

Grid Ref.

V 93407 92701

Map No.

78

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

113

Date of visit

Thursday 16 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Approaching the castle from the northeast.


This 13th century Norman castle is unusual because it has a cylindrical plan rather than rectangular. It's at a close distance from Aghadoe Church and Round Tower and because of this it has been traditionally called the "Pulpit" or "Bishop's Chair".
It has an outer diameter of 10.60 metres, its wall are 2 metres thick, giving an inner diameter of only 8.60 metres. There's a doorway at the ground level facing north-northeast (30°). There are only three visible windows in the building. One on the upper floor and facing north and two on the opposite side and facing south. All of them have a splay.
A flight of steps built inside the walls allows to reach the upper floor. The castle was only two storeys high, and the upper floor had a fireplace.
The only defence of this castle was a square earthen rampart built around it.
The views of the Lough Leane from here are breathtaking!


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