Cloonlaur : Stone Pair

Grid RefL 744 758
GPSL 74394 75820 (7m)
Longitude9° 54' 10.22" W
Latitude53° 43' 0.84" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownClifden (26.6 Km)
OS Sheet37
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th January 2007

I am not too sure about the townland for this fine pair of standing stones.

The OS map simply shows 'Standing Stone', so I was very surprised to see a stone pair come into view as I walked down the track towards the beach. The stones are just 100m or so from the Atlantic Ocean - coast to coast in a day!

The two stones couldn't be more different. The largest is over 3.5m tall and 1.3m wide. The smaller one, 7m away, is just 1.4m tall. They appear to align on the highest point on Inisbofin, an island 11km to the south.

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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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