Ballycraig : Standing Stone

Grid RefC 875 393
Longitude6° 37' 33.25" W
Latitude55° 11' 34.96" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownPortrush (1.8 Km)
OS Sheet4
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 16th March 2008

I couldn't get very close to this stone due to some surprisingly early crops in the field, but it's not hard to see from the road as it stands on top of a small knoll.

It would appear to be about 1.5m tall and shaped like a rough brick standing on end. It has a huge crack running diagonally across it, so it looks like it has been stuck back together at some point.

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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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