Gortanimill : Stone Circle

Grid RefW 209 741
GPSW 20871 74078 (5m)
Longitude9° 9' 0.31" W
Latitude51° 54' 48.09" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDunmanway (21.6 Km)
OS Sheet79
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th March 2004

After Reananarree (County Cork) this is a bit of a change. Reenanarree is built in the open, this is built tucked away in a little pocket in a rocky outcrop. The whole hilltop is studded with these huge surges of rock, so why this one? I think it has to do with the way that The Paps dominate the horizon from here.

The circle has a lovely quartz centre stone, making me like it even more. Suggestive mountains on the horizon and quartz! What more could you ask for?

At around 7.5m this is comparable to Carrigagulla (County Cork) except the change in height of the stones is not so obvious here. The lushness and feeling of safety around Carrigagulla contrasts heavily with the barren, exposed feeling here, though.

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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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