'Ballynagloch' : Stone Pair

Grid RefD 148 408
GPSD 14771 40774 (3m)
Longitude6° 11' 50.1" W
Latitude55° 12' 2.54" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownArmoy (11.3 Km)
OS Sheet5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th July 2003

Why on earth have these two stones not featured in any books or on any web site before now? They were a very, very pleasant surprise indeed. We had assumed that they were in a field near to the church, we certainly didn't expect to find a 3m tall monster stone 5m from the church door!

The stone at the east end of the church looks as if it has been attacked and that someone has tried to destroy it.

These two stones are part of a huge ring of stones that encircles the nearby Knock Layd Mountain. With a 4km diameter this could be the world's largest stone circle!

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Sunday, 2nd March 2008

I was driving past and the weather was so good (it had been hailing 30 minutes before, but now the sun was shining!) I stopped off to have a look at these stones and to look back at Knocklayd Mountain where I'd just come from.

The modern church against the ancient standing stones is still an odd sight.

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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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