'Stone Of Destiny' : Standing Stone

TownlandHill Of Tara
Grid RefN 920 596
GPSN 91983 59630 (6m)
Longitude6° 36' 40.02" W
Latitude53° 34' 42.5" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDunshaughlin (8.5 Km)
OS Sheet43
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Hill Of Tara - Hill Fort
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 27th January 2002

Once again I found myself looking at this huge phallic standing stone from only two angles. The first is from just in front of the modern obsenity thing that looks like a tombstone (anything to cut this from view). The second is with the Mound Of Hostages (County Meath) in the distance, again witout the slab in view.

A truly wonderful and powerful stone. Shame it's in the wrong place.

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Saturday, 7th September 2002

Despite what others say I do believe that there is more to this stone than meets the eye. It is commonly believed that this is definitely not the real Stone of Destiny (which must have been the first monument to be destroyed by the incoming Christians) and it was good to hear someone say this out loud on the Hill itself.

However, I do believe that it does bear the signs of cup marks and other carvings, which must have made the early manuscript believe it was an important stone. I also managed to photograph the small cross carved on this stone when it was placed over the grave of those who fell at the battle of Tara in 1798.

Saturday, 15th May 2004

Quite some time ago now the stone was given a paved surround. It was quite odd not to see the puddle that I had become so used to standing in. Odd though it looks, I think it is an improvement and will presumably help to stop the collected water from damaging the base of the stone.

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Marked Sites


Follow the N3 from Dublin and turn left at the Village of Tara. Take the first right (past Rath Maeve) and the Hill Of Tara is 3 km on the left.

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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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