Skerry West : Standing Stone

Grid RefD 129 163
Longitude6° 14' 10.77" W
Latitude54° 58' 52.96" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownClogh (3.8 Km)
OS Sheet9
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 1st December 2002

This really is a lovely stone. It changes appearance as you walk around it as if its morphing into another form before your eyes. We also arrived at the perfect moment - early on a winter morning, with the hazy sun beaming in from behind it, adding a mystical atmosphere to the visit.

As we were standing at the roadside taking a picture of the stone in the haze, with its long shadow trailing across the field, the farmer drove past, stopped and told us to go into the field to have a proper look (which we would have done anyway, but it's nice to be invited).

This slender, 1.8m tall stone has a suspicious groove in the top, giving it quite a graphical phallic appearance, as does Scotchomerbane (County Antrim) just up the road.

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Marked Sites


From Clogh Mills take the B94 south to Clogh and the turn left along the B64. After 3km you come to a cross roads and then a road to the right. The stone is in the field just past this second road.

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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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