'Lough Gur - Circle C' : Stone Circle

TownlandLoughgur
CountyLimerick
Grid RefR 633 405
GPSR 63280 40537 (2m)
Longitude8° 32' 27.43" W
Latitude52° 30' 54.22" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBruff (4.1 Km)
OS Sheet65
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Grange Lios - Lough Gur - Stone Circle
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th April 2002

100 m north of the massive Grange Lios circle you will find this rough stone circle, which can be accessed through a purpose built gap in the fence just over a low dry stone wall. It consists of very rough and uneven stones with a large gap on one side where, it would appear, at least two stones have been removed.

The circle is about 15m in diameter. Each stone that forms part of its construction is at very large and beautifully weathered, giving a really rough feel to the whole. Unlike Grange Lios it is unprotected from livestock.

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Sunday, 5th July 2009

The route through to this circle we took on our previous visit has been blocked off, but there's still access through the field behind the main circle. Go through the black gate by the circle entrance and you'll see a gap in the fence to your left.

Today the grass was very high and the stones could only just be seen above them. The comparison between this rough stone circle and the ordered arrangement of the main Lios circle is stark. This circle is very rough, a lot smaller (although still quite large) and somehow more charming because of it. Being in the centre of a field with views that are more open possibly helps.

Looking at my old pictures of this site I was amazed to see how much the one tree that has rooted in one of the stones has grown. Seven years ago it was barely head high, but now it towers over the circle.

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Directions

From Bruff take the R512 north. 1km past the first crossroads you go through you will see a little car park on the right and a sign pointing to the Grange Lios circle. Park here and walk past the main cirlce and look into the field on your left. There is a gap in the fence for access.

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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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