'The Shaking Stone' : Rock Outcrop

Grid RefH 051 463
GPSH 05142 46342
Longitude7° 55' 15.18" W
Latitude54° 21' 56.26" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGarrison (12.4 Km)
OS Sheet17
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 26th June 2005

This stone seems to be one of those natural eratic rocking stones that we all love. Unfortunately this one's lost its rockability! The stone has slipped from its bedrock platform and wobbles no more.

It is a huge weather sculpted boulder some 3m to a side and 2m thick. The eastern face is beautifully eroded. It looks as if someone has picked it up in one hand and squeezed it. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this stone didn't have some giant throwing folklore attached to it.

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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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