Tobergill : Stone Circle

Grid RefJ 208 905
GPSJ 20817 90523 (7m)
Longitude6° 7' 24.61" W
Latitude54° 44' 53.06" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownAntrim (6.6 Km)
OS Sheet14
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 19th November 2006

With little time to spare, because the rain was closing in I opted to visit this circle. The farmer was very helpful and gave me clear directions and reassured me that the horses in the field I had to cross were fine - most horses don't bother me, but occasionally you meet a mad one!

The circle is very ruined. Just one large stone remains standing. Others lie scattered around. If they are anywhere near their original positions then this was a small circle. There is one other stone that is about the same size as the one that still stands. Its position makes me think that this pair could actually be the terminal stones in the court of a court tomb - this may not be a stone circle at all.

On my way back to the car I noticed what I think may be the quarry where the stones for the circle were originally sourced. If this is the case then this is a rare thing to find.

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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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