This beautiful stone stands nearly 4m tall on the south shore of the inlet beyond Lackan Strand in the beautiful Lackan Bay.
It is said that St. Patrick erected this stone. From the earthworks around it I can certainly believe that it is not much older than the early Christian period, but who can be sure of such things?
A visit here could be a day out! Access to the field is actally via the beach and so the kids could play while dad looks at the stone. Or, a nice romantic stroll around the sands with a loved one, listening to the surf breaking on the strand, would be an option.
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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.