Like the NW circle this is not one for people without good map reading skills. I had to rely on my GPS due to the fog.
Like Coumaraglin NW this is a small (4m diameter) circle with very low stones, many of which are missing. I think that the stones also increased in height from the NW to SE, rising to just 60cm tall. It was difficult to be sure though because of the missing ones.
The fog stopped me seeing the view fully, but on the way down it did clear to reveal what is a stunning view and must be great from where the circle is.
As with the other sites in this complex it was great to be able to see what views this site offers. Besides the size and missing stones as noted on my last visit, the lack of fog allowed me to see a small standing stone 15m to the northwest of the circle. This seems to be an outlier that aligns hills in that direction. This stone is just 50cm tall.
Standing stones, also called menhirs or monoliths, are the most simple of megalithic monuments. They are exactly what they say, a stone that stands with one end set into the ground. Being simple in form does not make them simple to understand, for they have served several purposes over time. Some were placed to mark burials, others were probably erected to mark boundaries or travel routes, the purpose of others is uncertain, but it may well have been ritual.
Standing stones can vary enormously in size from a under 1m tall to over 4m. Some have been purposely shaped (see Stone Of Destiny (County Meath)) and some must have been chosen purely for their shape (see Ballyvatheen (County Kilkenny)). Most standing stones are dated to be from the Bronze Age, but some are clearly older, especially those associated with passage tombs such as at Knowth (County Meath) and Loughcrew - Corstown (County Meath).
Others have been re-used in later times (see Kilnasaggart (County Armagh) and Breastagh (County Mayo)), perhaps to try and capture some of the powers of the old gods or to legitamise a claim to land.
I will not include directions for these sites. If you wish to find them then I recommend a good compass and an OS map. Even better a GPS.
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.