Layd : Church

CountyAntrim
Grid RefD 246 289
Longitude6° 2' 53.41" W
Latitude55° 5' 30.19" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCushendall (1.6 Km)
OS Sheet5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th July 2003

This is a beautiful 13th century ruin full of interest. I loved the vaulted roof below the tower where the priest probably once lived with his wife/family. Curiously the church is aligned well to the south of east and probably aligns to the sunrise on the patron Saint's day - one of the Kierans. Another feature worthy of note is the presence of a light-box type construction above the east facing windows in the tower, one of which is into the vaulted room mentioned above.

I could have spent a long time sitting around here. The church, which sits on the site of an older structure, is in a little valley-ette facing the sea. Large trees now block out most of the view, but by walking a little way up the bank it is all revealed. Fantastic.

Access is now via a car park, built to serve the church and the nearby coastal walk. Where the path extends from the car park you can see the original lane that was once used for access.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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