The Motte at Ardscull is very impressive, although very difficult to photograph due to it's size and the fact that it is covered in trees. Standing at a height of over 18 metres the motte is surrounded by a ditch and bank and to the north side are traces of a bailey. At the top of the motte there are ramparts surrounding the mound. The motte was built in the 13th century but the site was noted as the scene of a much earlier battle between the Leinstermen and the Munstermen. At the present time there is a picnic area immediately in front of the motte and the ditch is used as a walk way, see image right.

Situated: From Athy County Kildare take the N78 north after about 6 kilometres you will see a picnic area on your left with a mound covered with trees behind, turn left here and park up.

Discovery Map 55: S 7279 9770. Last visit November 2006.

Longitude:  6° 54' 54" W

Latitude:   53° 1' 30" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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