Toor : Stone Circle

CountyWicklow
Grid RefN 960 021
GPSN 95971 02130 (5m)
Longitude6° 34' 5.94" W
Latitude53° 3' 40.38" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDonard (5.3 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th September 2006

A couple of years ago I was told about the (re)discovery of this stone circle, but decided not to go and see it, because its quite remote and sounded small and therefore hard to find. What a mistake! It's large and its lovely!

The reason I thought that it'd be tricky to find is that it is a five-stone stone circle and I was told that the stones only just poke out of the peat. That isn't quite right. The top of four of the stones are about 1m high. The 1.5m long axial stone is flush with the surface. The central axis of the circle is, oddly, east-west with the axial stone at the east. I'm thinking of checking this one out this coming equinox.

Now. Whoever found this site maybe should have looked around a little more. I believe that I found the remains of at least two more stone circles nearby and several stone rows or possibly even avenues. This complex needs some serious suurveying!

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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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