Maughanasilly : Stone Row or Alignment

Grid RefW 044 585
Longitude9° 23' 6.39" W
Latitude51° 46' 14.86" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBantry (10.7 Km)
OS Sheet85
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th April 2003

This alignment of six stones does not threaten the big boys such as Castlelanaght (County Cork) or Garrane (County Cork), but it is nevertheless a nice site. It is aligned roughly northeast to southwest and overlooks a small lough to the southwest from its vantage point on a low rise.

The row gives the impression of having tampered with because of the uneven heights of the stones. The three main ones rise nicely in height, but the pattern is lost when the others are considered.

I actually ended up here by mistake. I took the wrong turn at a cross roads (I shouldn't have actually turned at all) and when I consulted the map I saw I was right next to it. Then I noticed that there was a kissing-gate into the field, so I investigated. I am very pleased that I did, because it's a lovely place.

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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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