Aughlish : Stone Circle

Grid RefC 662 043
GPSC 66189 04287
Longitude6° 58' 7" W
Latitude54° 52' 54.72" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDungiven (5.9 Km)
OS Sheet7
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 29th October 2006

This site has always looked as if it may be tricky to get to, but I thought I'd have a go today. It couldn't be easier. It's just 100m into a field from the road.

With these site you never know what to expect and Tyrone/Derry stone circles tend to be made of small stones. This often makes locating them difficult, especially if they're in boggy, peat covered ground. Luckily these are in pasture, so you can't miss them.

The first circle you see as you walk up the field is the finest of them. This is 12m in diameter and formed with an almost solid ring of low stones. Two large stone around 1.5m high stand opposite each other set into the north and south arcs of the circle.

Next up the field is half a circle. This has been truncated by the field boundary and has a small tangential stone row next to it, similar to the one at Drumskinny (County Fermanagh). When I looked over the ditch into the next field to see if there was anything of the circle on that side I was amazed. The field is bare, but the boundary ditch is lined with scores of stones. If these all came from stone circles and alignments then this place was once huge!

The next monument is similar to those at Beaghmore (County Tyrone): a pair of stone circles with alignments running from where the circles meet. The stone circles are quite ruinous, but still detectable. The best of the rows eminating from it is at least 20m long. There is a possible small cairn, also similar to those at Beaghmore, near to the end of these rows.

Further up the hill there is another ruined circle and an 30m long alignment of large stones. About 100m west of the circles is a lone standing stone.

This truly amazing site is like a mini-Beaghmore in its own right. If Beaghmore hadn't been discovered then this complex would have become a well-known site instead. For that matter it still should be a well known site anyway: it's astonishingly good!

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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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