Dunbeacon : Stone Circle

Grid RefV 927 392
Longitude9° 32' 55.07" W
Latitude51° 35' 42.93" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDurrus (3.3 Km)
OS Sheet88
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th September 2003

What a magical place this is. Burl describes it as 'ruined', which it is, but its perfect at the same time. Although a lot of the stones lie fallen this site has so much power and peace. It is like an altar to the power of Mount Corrin, which rises up and dominates this spot to the east. I sat here for a lot longer than I'd anticipated.

The circle is made, was made, of tall slabs. Only a handful still stand but the 'untouchedness' of them all really reached out and touched me. As the sheep wandered around me, wondering what on earth I was doing there, I just sat contemplating anything and everything, bathing in the sun and doing a lot of nothing in particular. What a place!

The circle has a central stone (fallen) which adds to its mystery. Most central stones are like pillars, but this is a slab like the other stones here.

If you look towards the east you can just see the stone row at Dunbeacon (County Cork), but, quite annoyingly, a telegraph pole is perfectly aligned between the circle and the row.

I'll be back here. You can keep all the perfect, restored circles. I'll take this one over any of them.

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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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