Castlelanaght : Stone Row or Alignment

Grid RefW 486 609
GPSW 48640 60857 (5m)
Longitude8° 44' 40.43" W
Latitude51° 47' 52.02" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBandon (6.2 Km)
OS Sheets86, 87
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 23rd June 2002

Only the gods could have erected this!!! When I first saw this from the road I thought that it looked rather nice - when I got close I began to realise just how nice it is.

This four stone row is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen. It is arranged east to west across a ridge and dominates the surrounding area.

The tallest stone is a whopping 3.4m tall and 1.5m wide! The smallest would look good as the biggest stone in any other alignment, standing at over 1.8m tall. The whole row is over 10m long.

This really is a thing of beauty.

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Saturday, 9th July 2005

I have wanted to return here ever since I left here 3 years ago on my first visit. These were my first really big stones and they left on hell of an impression on me. Approaching from the north and seeing them against the skyline is simply amazing. Walking across the field towards them and seeing them get bigger and bigger is equally so.

As we arrived this time two couples were just leaving the field. This was a local farmer and his wife showing some Canadian guest the stones. The farmer told a lovely tale of hi childhood. He always used to ask about the stones as he walked past and his dad would tell him that his grandma carried them there from Kerry on her back. His smile as he recalled this was quite special.

This tale made me wonder if this was really a very old folk-memory of older tales. Many stones are said to have been carried by giants or by hags and Kerry was the home of Calliagh, the Hag. Did these stones come from Kerry. Were they used for Hag worship? We���ll never know, but it���s fun to ponder.

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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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