Ballylig : Standing Stone

Grid RefD 091 380
GPSD 09074 37953 (4m)
Longitude6° 17' 15.99" W
Latitude55° 10' 35.99" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownArmoy (5.6 Km)
OS Sheet5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 13th April 2008

I called in at the farm, but there was no one in. You can see the stone from the road just outside the farmyard and the field looked empty, so I popped in to see the stone. It wasn't until later that the horse in the field made itself known to me.

The stone is a nice example. It stands nearly 2m tall and is around 1m wide at its base. It tapers to a point with a slightly rounded edge, giving the impression that it could be a portal stone from a long gone portal tomb, but the presence of other large standing stones around Knocklayd Mountain makes this an unnecessary leap of faith.

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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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