This is one of the places that has been high on my 'must see' list for some time and as it was on my route home I decided to go for it.
I didn't have the OS map on me for this area and so stopped in the village to ask where it was. I was given directions and told where the landowner lived. Unfortunately, the landowner wasn't in and so I decided to go and take a peak anyway.
What makes this tomb so special is thefact that it has a small rain forest growing on its capstone, making it look most bizarre. This hanging garden on a slab is now only supported by one tall, slender portal stone and the back stones.
Wondrfully sited on a rise in a dreamy little valley this site is idyllic. There are a couple of passage tombs very close by too only one of which I saw. As this is a must go back site I will see tham next time.
I just had to revisit this wonderfully crazy site - the Elvis Presley of portal tombs!
The shrub was nicely in flower, adding more oddity to the tomb and a bull was extremely vocal and threatening towards me. Did he really think I was a threat to his harem? That's worrying!
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.