Kilmalkedar : Bullaun Stone

CountyKerry
Grid RefQ 401 063
GPSQ 40133 06277 (5m)
Longitude10° 20' 16.17" W
Latitude52° 11' 6.79" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallyferriter (5.1 Km)
OS Sheet70
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Kilmalkedar - Church
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 26th May 2007

If you walk a short way along the road to the west of teh church yard you come to a gate on the righthand side of the road with a kissing gate to one side. If you look across the field you will see a Fogra sign and the top of a piece of rock. You will not see a signpost!

The piece of rock is a massive, earthfast boulder some 2.5m x 2.5m. In the top of this is a group of the largest bullauns I have seen. One of them is nearly 50cm across!

There are six basins in all. The three largest form a line roughly, but not quite, across the middle of the stone. The three others are set to one side. Compared with the large ones one of these is just a baby - one of those shallow bullauns that look unfinished.

Why isn't this site signposted? It's wonderful!

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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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