Ardristan : Standing Stone

Grid RefS 841 713
GPSS 84134 71336 (8m)
Longitude6° 45' 10.18" W
Latitude52° 47' 11.54" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTullow (2.1 Km)
OS Sheet61
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Ardristan 2 - Standing Stone
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th November 2001

A fine example of a Carlow grooved stone, quite different in shape to the one at Williamstown. This grooved stone is a very tall phallic upright, quite different from the other nearby stone, making this pairing very odd. They do not give the impression of being a male/female pairing.

This stone is well worth a visit. Sadly it will soon be separated from its partner by road re-routing.

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Sunday, 14th April 2002

What a stone to take someone to. The grooves still bewilder me everytime I get close to this 2m+ stone.

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Sunday, 4th November 2007

I knew that I was passing by this stone on my recent travels, but the road layout now means that you only see the stone when heading north. When I came this way yesterday it was dark, but today I was early enough to spot where it is. The new road layout means that the stone is now just 50m from the gate, but be careful - there is a bull in the field on occasion.

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Marked Sites


Take the N81 south from Tullow. The stones are in a field on the left, about 40 meters in just as you come to the new road reallignment roadworks.

Random Gazetteer

A Selection of Other Standing Stones

External Links

The Devil's Arrows On The Modern Antiquarian Site

Some great images of the Devil's Arrows int England.
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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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