Dromatouk : Stone Circle

CountyKerry
Grid RefV 950 711
GPSV 95001 71148 (5m)
Longitude9° 31' 30.25" W
Latitude51° 52' 57.93" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKillarney (19.5 Km)
OS Sheet78
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 25th September 2005

This really did take some finding. It is actually about 200m from where it's marked on the OS map and the landscape here is not very friendly: it's a mix of raised bog and rock outcrops that make you stumble and squelch into submission. We really did think of giving up on several occasions.

Luckily I spotted the stones just in time and I am so glad I did, because this is a lovely example fo a five stone circle. For the size of circle and the other four stones, the lagest of which are about 1.5m tall, the axail stone is very low. The stones get taller as the move away from the axial stone. The circle is about 2m in diameter.

A large thorn tree and a smaller one are growing inside the circle. The monument is built in a little valley-ette and oddly the axis of the circle points straight into a rock outcrop just 20m from the circle. The site is quite high up and above the Roughty estuary at Kenmare, but the circle is located so that the water is out of sight - this surprised me.

This is well worth hunting out if you have a GPS and quite a bit of time!

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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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