Rylane : Stone Circle

Grid RefW 443 814
Longitude8° 48' 38.85" W
Latitude51° 58' 55.19" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCrookstown (15.8 Km)
OS Sheet80
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 12th April 2003

There seems to be two types of 5-stone stone circles. 1) the tall 'blocky' ones, which is probably best illustrated at Knocknaneirk - NE (County Cork) & 2) the low 'slabby' ones, which could well be best illustrated here.

This is a lovely example of its genre. The two entrance stones are equally proportioned and square in profile. The next two stones are again equally sized but pointed. The axial stone is 1.6m long and a little under 1m high with rounded corners. These small 5-stone circles are wonderfully simple in their form - I think they could well be the final perfection of the stone circle.

Only the 'in the field' setting lets this circle down, but even the almost suffocating hedgerows can't really detract from its beauty of form. If there's a nicer 5-stoner somewhere then take me to it. In the meantime visit this easily accesible micro-wonder-circle.

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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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