24921135_abc19978d1_m-2314453 I recently visited the Round Tower at Armoy in Co. Antrim. The tower is roughly 1,000 years old, and has an elevated entrance which you reach by stepping on a stone which protrudes from the outside wall. Once inside, you feel like you’re at the bottom of a well. Apparently this side doorway would have been set much higher originally, but burials in the surrounding cemetary have raised the ground level around the tower significantly. 24921156_bdcd41e66e_m-7568359The Round Tower is situated close to a (more recently built) Church of Ireland in beautiful surroundings in the Co. Antrim countryside. I lived in Ballycastle (just up the road a bit), but only now at 28-ish have I had the opportunity to explore the tower. According to the site information, recent roadworks uncovered a 1,000 year old underground passage, and there is evidence that another building existed on the site of the existing church. Apparently, the feet of a leper were found buried within the church building, some 400 to 500 years old. Both the tower and the church are in an excellent state of repair and the site itself offers some stunning views of the countryside. I’d heartily recommend this for anyone looking for a bit of tranquility on a hot summer’s day. Just a little bit of the beaten track that it won’t be swamped with tourists!