Ardgroom Outward : Stone Circle

Grid RefV 709 553
GPSV 70901 55259 (5m)
Longitude9° 52' 8.45" W
Latitude51° 44' 5.86" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLauragh (7.3 Km)
OS Sheet84
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 11th August 2002

Straight after Drombohilly this is a great site to visit as it is extremely similar in construction. The tall pointed stones rise like needles from the ground upto an impressive 2m+ in height.

The circle is around the same diameter (8m) too. One extra feature here is a large outlying stone placed about 5m from the circle. This is a 3.5m tall slab, 1.4m across and it is set so that it forms a tangent with the circle.

The views are not as spectacular as Drombohilly, but the surrounding mountains to offer a fine backdrop for the stark, pointed stones and Bantry Bay can be seen below.

At first it is quite difficult to spot that this is an axial stone circle as the axial stone is set in a vertical, rather than horizontal, position. It was not until I counted the stones, and got an odd number, that I worked it out. There also seem to be four entrance stones because the two largest pairs of stones, one either side of the axis, are equal in size.

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Sunday, 5th September 2004

On my first visit here the weather was very dull and the monument itself doesn't stand out in my memory too much. This is a shame, because it's a wonderful site. Today was an excellent chance to imprint the site in my mind. The rolling cloud and brilliant sunshine made it a great place to stop and have a bite to eat. Shame about the five cigarette ends I had to pick up from the little mound to the south of the circle - it is a great place to sit and look at the circle, but it ain't a litter bin!

As well as the extensive views across the Kenmare Estuary to The Dingle there is one very striking landscape feature here - a sharp pointed hill called Skellig to the southwest. This is lower than the high hills behind it, so it doesn't mark a sunset. Nevertheless it still feels very important to the whole site.

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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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