Shronebirrane : Stone Circle

Grid RefV 754 554
Longitude9° 48' 14.28" W
Latitude51° 44' 14.08" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLauragh (3.7 Km)
OS Sheet84
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th September 2004

This site is clearly signposted from the road west of Lauragh. The 4km drive up the valley is beautiful. All the way you are wanting the circle to come into view, but it doesn't until the very last moment.

I was staggered to see a modern bungalow built just 10m from the circle. Who gives planning permission out? I would also like to know who paid for the roadsigns to the circle and if the people who live in the bungalow are supposed to be charging Ǩ2 to unsuspecting visitors. Personally I just took a couple of photos from the gate (the circle is just 30m inside the field) and drove off disgusted. I don't mind giving a landowner some money to cover out of pocket expenses if they've installed gates, stiles or paths, but here I could see nothing to warrant charging to get a little closer. The fairly poor state of the circle certainly disqualifies it from being a chargable attraction, so I suggest everyone goes there and takes a photo over the fence, just to show them we aren't going to be taken advantage of.

All of the above is rather unfortunate, because this is an amazing location. The valley is partially obscured from the circle by large rocky outcrops and the valley walls shoot up above the circle.

Three and a half stones still stand 1.4m tall and another tall stone, about 2m tall, is either one of the portal stones or an outlier.

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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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