'The Druids' Circle' : Stone Circle

Grid RefV 907 707
Longitude9° 35' 14.54" W
Latitude51° 52' 40.46" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLauragh (18 Km)
OS Sheet78
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 11th August 2002

Kenmare stone circle - possibly the largest in the south-west. That's quite a claim t fame. It's a real shame that this is now a garden feature in a very small and unimpressive formal garden that is just 3m larger than the circle and not very well planted. It looks awful. The planting is done so that the river below is obscured and you can not stand back and look at it properly. Oh and they want you to pay to see it! Fools! What have they done!?

Back to the circle. It is formed from 15 stones which seem to alternate between green and brown stone. It is around 17m in diameter. In the centre there is a boulder burial under a very nice stone that has a single cup mark on the top.

If I ever go back here I will be disappointed if there is not a water feature in the garden.

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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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