|Fananierin - Standing Stone|
The drive to this stone is a long, yet beautiful one. The road from Laragh through the mountains is beautiful. The walk from the parking spot to the stone is a short one, but it does involve some rough terrain.
The stone itself is a flat slab a little over 1m long and 50cm wide. It lies flush with the ground. The decoration is simple. There are only cup-marks - no rings or complex motifs. The cups run in two lines that are almost parallel with each over and the long edge of the slab. They do follow the 'grain' of the rock, so they could be solution pits, but several of them do appear to have been enhanced.
The south side of the valley is defined by the slopes of Carrickashane Mountain. Slieve Maan dominates the north side. Croaghanmoira Mountain and a spur off its north side almost block the views to the east along the valley. So, despite the road that runs through the valley this feels like a very remote place indeed.
This stretch of valley is scattered with hut sites and enclosures. Ancient walls run down the slopes at regular intervals. This would have once ben a busy place and it's surprising that there's only one decorated stone in the locale.
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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.