'Cushendun Caravan Park' : Standing Stone

Grid RefD 246 332
Longitude6° 2' 46.63" W
Latitude55° 7' 49.18" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCushendun (0.6 Km)
OS Sheet5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th July 2003

As we drove along the coastal road peering into the trees we had given up on this stone as 'unspotable'. However, as we went around the corner the gate to the caravan park appeared, so we entered.

Immediately we saw a large slab, that is now the centre-piece of a small flower border and has a clematis growing up it. In mild disbelief we checked with the owner of the caravan park and it is the stone (the map says 'standing stones', but there is only one).

It is a slab about 1.7m tall, which tapers to a rounded point and is 30cm thick.

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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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