Cutteen North : Cairn

CountyWaterford
Grid RefS 275 068
GPSS 27464 06772 (8m)
Longitude7° 35' 53.39" W
Latitude52° 12' 43.73" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDungarvan (13.9 Km)
OS Sheet75
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 14th July 2007

At over 720m above sea level this is one of the highest monuments I've been to. To add to the fun (and by that I mean pain) of reaching it the nearest road is 2km away and 400m below! To make it worse I was here with a friend, Derek, who isn't a man ... he's half wellington boot, half mountain goat! There was I huffing, puffing and pausing for smoking my way up the mountain and Derek was almmost sprinting up it in wellington boots. I need to give up smoking.

The cairn isn't quite on the summit of the hill, but 50m to the south of it. At the highest point there is a rocky outcrop that has split up in to fantastical arrangements of cuboid blocks due to erosion and weathering.

The cairn is much robbed. The stones have been arranged around the edge of teh monument to provider shelter for walkers. The hollow in the centre is very deep and there may be a filled up cist at the bottom. If the bottom of the dip is the old ground level then the peat here is at least 1.5m deep.

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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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