Slieve Gullion : Cairn

Grid RefJ 023 212
Longitude6° 26' 5.62" W
Latitude54° 7' 46.51" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownNewry (8.5 Km)
OS Sheet29
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 25th May 2003

For some silly reason I had thought that this cairn (The north cairn) was the main one on Slieve Gullion, the passage tomb,but it's not. I don't know where I got that idea from but it doesn't matter, because it did mean that I took the path from the north and walked the 2km to get here. What a beautiful walk! I would do that walk if there were no monuments at the top. The views north as you climb the 380m from the road just keep getting more and more astounding.

The cairn is a low one, about 18m in diameter with a few standing stones set around its circumference. I don't know if these are original features or not. Walking a little way north the landscape gets very moon-like amongst the flat peat bog, with large jagged boulders poking through. Then there's the lake ...

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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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