Ballyvatheen : Standing Stone

Grid RefS 576 267
Longitude7° 9' 13.9" W
Latitude52° 23' 20.08" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMullinavat (2.5 Km)
OS Sheets75, 76
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th December 2001

I nearly didn't visit this site, but it was on the way home (with a small detour) so I went along. One of the best choices I have ever made. This stone is beautiful!

From the road this stone looks amazing. Its size seems to be impossible at over 2.2 m tall and tapering at the bottom. It seems to defy science! When you get along side it you become even more impressed. It is only 25 cm thick and how it has survived so long is beyond me. It seems that the slightest touch will make it topple.

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Marked Sites


From Mullinavat take the R704 east. After you have passed the third farm track on the left you will see the stone (around 2.3km).

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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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