Knocknakilla : Stone Circle

Grid RefW 297 843
Longitude9° 1' 25.95" W
Latitude52° 0' 23.05" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBoherboy (17.2 Km)
OS Sheet79
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th April 2003

This is a very similar site to Kealkil (County Cork) - it consists of a five stone circle (ruined), a radial cairn (smaller that Kealkil) and a pair of tall standing stones (one of which isn't standing).

The circle is of the tall variety of five-stone circles, but just three of the stones are now standing. Unlike Kealkil the the tall monoliths are in line with the axis of the stone circle. The one that still stands is 4m tall.

It was practically dark when I arrived here, so I too some very dodgy photos, vowed to come back one day, drank some hot coffee and set off home.

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Sunday, 28th March 2004

I finished the day here last time and it worked out that I would probably do same today. It's quite odd, but despite being a bit ruined and horribly fenced in this is a lovely place to sit and relax, especially as the sun goes down. Later in the summer the sunsets will be quite special, but right now the plantation stops you seeing it properly.

After sitting around here for a couple of hours waiting for the sunset only to have it blocked by the trees I decided to move on and try to see it properly ...

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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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