Breastagh : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefG 183 341
Longitude9° 15' 12.74" W
Latitude54° 14' 56.93" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKillala (4.6 Km)
OS Sheet24
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th August 2002

They ceratinly make them big in these parts. This could definitely give the impression that it is a giant's grave. Only one side of this really stands intact, just a few stones of the north wall remain and very little of the gallery walling is present.

The south wall, however, consists of 7 stones that rise in height from 1m at the east to 1.6m at the west. These 7 stones form a length of 10m. When you see the Rathfran wedge 500m to the south you realise how massive this would have been.

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Marked Sites


From Killala take the R314 north for around 4kms. Here the road turns sharp right, crosses a river and turns sharp left. At this bend carry straight on. Continue along this road for 2kms until you go over a cross roads. 300m on the left you will see a sign for the ogham stone. Enter this field and look to the left and you will see the huge stones of this tomb on the highest point in the next field.

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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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