Ballinvalley : Standing Stone

Grid RefN 580 783
Longitude7° 7' 14.4" W
Latitude53° 45' 3.85" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownOldcastle (3.4 Km)
OS Sheet42
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 27th October 2008

This stone is visible from the stone circle at Ballinvalley (County Meath) in the field to the southwest. It is one of several standing stones scattered about the plain to the north of the Loughcrew hills.

It stands about 1.6m tall next to a small rock outcrop. About 50m south of the stone there is a flat rock that looks as if it has some interesting shadows on its top surtface.

I didn't actually go into the field and get right upto the stone, because the field in which it stands belongs to a different farmer than the field with the stone circle, and settled for looking at it over the fence from a distance of about 60m or so.

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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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