|Glencolmcille - station 1 - Straid - Court Tomb||Glencolmcille - station 12 - Drumroe - Cross Pillar|
|Glencolmcille - station 13 - Gannew and Curreen - Cross Pillar||Glencolmcille - station 15 - Straid - Cross Pillar|
|Glencolmcille - station 2 - Straid - Cross Pillar||Glencolmcille - station 9 - Farranmacbride - Cross Pillar|
The village of Glencolmcille (or Gleanncolumbcille) and the surrounding area is famous for the Turas, a pilgrimage and round of stations (places on a route used for prayer and devotion). The Turas occurs on the 6th June each year and unless you wish to take part it is probably best to avoid coming here near to this time of year.
These stations consist of megalithic tombs, natural landscape features and cross pillars. The latter are quite spectacularly beautiful.
On this my first visit to the area I didn't get chance to visit many of the stations, but I do intend to come back when the days are longer and see them all.
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.