Cargan : Standing Stone

Grid RefD 168 172
GPSD 16770 17228 (5m)
Longitude6° 10' 31.89" W
Latitude54° 59' 19.75" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCargan (0.6 Km)
OS Sheet9
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 13th April 2008

This one took me by surprise. The OS map shows the stone to be behind some buildings, so I was walking up and down the road trying to see which of the houses it was hidden by. Then I saw it. It isn't behind the houses but between a house and a garage, standing there like a sentry guarding the back garden.

It is a huge block of stone around 1.8m tall and over 1m wide. It is currently used as a large rockery feature.

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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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