Keadeen : Passage Tomb

CountyWicklow
Grid RefS 954 898
GPSS 95375 89841 (7m)
Longitude6° 34' 51" W
Latitude52° 57' 3.32" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKiltegan (5.4 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th October 2006

Keadeen Mountain has to be one of the hardest climbs in the Wicklow Mountains. The sides are so steep that my route covered over 2km to climb the 400 vertical metres from the road! To make it worse, the clouds descended and covered the peak just as I arrived and hid what must be a spectacular view from me. I was hoping to look directly down on to Brusselstown Ring (County Wicklow), but I couldn't see a thing.

From all around this cairn looks enormous, so I was surprised at how small it is when you finally reach it. It is 25m in diameter, but stands just 1.5m above the peat level. Most of its perceived height comes from the walls that have been built across it and, presumably, from it.

I'd love to thin that one clear day I'll come back up here and admire the views, but I doubt I ever will. It's just too much of a nasty climb!

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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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