Altar : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefV 859 303
Longitude9° 38' 37.85" W
Latitude51° 30' 50.24" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGoleen (5.1 Km)
OS Sheet88
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th September 2003

Situated alongside the coastal road, complete with its own carpark and information board, this is a very visitable site. The structure has undergone some renovation, but the concrete that now holds up the walls is well hidden.

Two large slabs form the roof of the 5m long gallery , the front one resting upon the other.

The site is a bit sterile because it is over maintained. You can't seem to win can you? A site is either too scruffy to fully appreciate or too groomed to maintain an atmosphere.

The tomb points directly at Mizzen Head on the horizon, but at the time of my visit the air was very hazey and so I was denied this sight.

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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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