Tour 1 - Clogher Stone Fort
This is in the Coolavin demesne of the MacDermot family, which, at time of writing, has one member still living in the house (built 1898) adjacent to the cashel.

Cashels belong mainly to the Early Christian period (4401200 AD), but some are earlier. They are the stone equivalent of the earthen banked ringforts. Extensively rebuilt in the 19th century, Clogher is a well-preserved, round stone fort enclosed by a massive stone wall 2m high, with a series of stepped ramps up to the top of the wall.

Inside there are two souterrains, or underground structures normally consisting of one or more passages and chambers, and used for refuge and storage. The souterrains are dangerous and should not be entered.

From the Four altars, turn back to the Edmondstown crossroads. Go straight over, following the sign for Monasteraden. After 0.6 km (1 mile) you see the sign on your left for Clogher Stone Fort; the gate is on your right, opposite the sign. Enter and turn right, following the wall for about 2 minutes. Look left and you see the walls of the stone fort.


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