Dromagorteen : Stone Circle

CountyKerry
Grid RefV 959 653
GPSV 95861 65344 (3m)
Longitude9° 30' 39.01" W
Latitude51° 49' 50.77" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBantry (17 Km)
OS Sheet85
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 31st August 2008

This is a beautriful stone circle that is in very good condition. There are 13 stones with one of the portal stones fallen. The axial stone is not as obvious as it is in some circles, but it is still possible to locate the axis.

The monument is somewhat ruined by the proximity of the information boards, which are mounted on tree stumps that have been stained a foul vivid brown/orange colour. The site is part of the Bonane Heritage Park that will cost you 4 euro to enter.

The site is quite high up and offers stunning views. One of the information boards makes some interesting claims about alignments to various points on the mountain-created horizon. Two of these relate to sunrises, but the third is lunar. Apparently, at the minor lunar standstill, the moon rises behind a large outcrop known as The Altar and then appears to climb up the slope of the hill that the Altar is on. If this is true then it's a lovely feature that I'd like to witness in 16 years time or so.

Despite the signs this circle makes the trip to this out of the way place well worthwhile.

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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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