|St. Abban's Well - Ballyvourney - Holy Well||St. Gobnat's Grave - Ballyvourney - Artificial Mound|
|St. Gobnat's Grave - Ballyvourney - Bullaun Stone||St. Gobnat's Well - Ballyvourney - Holy Well|
The monastic site at Ballyvourney is one I‚Äôve wanted to visit for a long time. There‚Äôs so much here of interest to all, offering a lovely fusion of Christian and pre-Christian monuments.
Each of these features is incorporated in the pattern performed here for centuries by pilgrims. All around the site stones are scratched with crosses, because it is customary for the pilgrims to make the sign of the cross with a pebble as they enter each station.
One of the stations, which I haven‚Äôt featured here, is a sheela-na-gig. This very battered and mounted above a window inside the old church.
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.