Williamstown : Standing Stone

Grid RefS 912 799
GPSS 91209 79875 (12m)
Longitude6° 38' 44.15" W
Latitude52° 51' 43.59" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKiltegan (5.4 Km)
OS Sheet61
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th November 2001

This was quite a treat and partially the reason I came down to Carlow. This stone is quite typical of the Carlow area (and only found in Ireland in Carlow) in that it has deep grooves in the top similar to the Devils Arrows in England.The stone quite tall but quite fat. The grooves give it an awe inspiring quality and make it very tactile, you just have to caress it and try to be at one with it.

To access the stone it is best to enter the field next to it via the gate and track. About 100 yards up the track is a small run down house where the farmer lives. He is a lovely man who's reply to me asking permission to visit the stone was .... "See the stone? It won't be my place to stop you!" What an absolute gem!

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Sunday, 20th February 2005

I do love the Carlow grooved stones and this is one of my favourites, probably because not many other people have come here. What's odd about places you don't visit very often is that you sometimes forget things about them - like how big they are. I was sure that this stone was just around 1m tall, but it's not. It's well over 1.6m tall.

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Marked Sites


From Tullow take the R418 north and then the R727 east. After passing Haroldstown Dolmen take the next left and then turn left at the t-junction. The stone is in the second field on the right.


This stone is known as "The Six Fingers".

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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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