Lugnagun : Cairn

Grid RefO 031 114
GPSO 03124 11383 (5m)
Longitude6° 27' 31.26" W
Latitude53° 8' 34.83" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBlessington (5.9 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 25th April 2004

Strolling down the hill towards the car a stone caught my eye. This was about 1m tall and standing up. When I reached it it appeared to be staning on the edge of a round reaised platform about 8m in diameter. A few other stones also stand around it.

Now I'm being cautious here by calling it a cairn, but it could be a hut circle ... it could be the remains of a stone circle! How good would that be!?

The platform is definitely man-made, because you can see loose stones packed around the base of the standing stone that first caught my eye. Another unrecorded monument to add to the list, I think.

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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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