Duncarbit : Stone Pair

Grid RefD 147 348
GPSD 14737 34816 (7m)
Longitude6° 12' 0.71" W
Latitude55° 8' 49.98" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownArmoy (8.2 Km)
OS Sheet5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 18th February 2007

This is another of the sites that stand in the shadow of Knocklayd Mountain. Unlike the others these two fine stones are not at the base of the hill, but are situated on the slopes of Oghtbristacree Mountain, which lies to the southeast of Knocklayd. The location is northwest facing and all your attention is drawn by Knocklayd, which still manages to loom over this high site.

The two stones are very different from each other. They are both around 2m tall, but one tapers towards the top whereas the other stone gets wider. The latter stone looks different from every angle. They are set on a southeast-northwest alignment. This line points slightly to the north of the summit of Knocklayd. It would be very interesting to see what happens here at the Summer Solstice. Does the sun slide down the north side of Knocklayd and set where this alignment points to?

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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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