'St. Comcille's Abbey' : Church

Grid RefC 059 187
GPSC 05884 18685
Longitude7° 54' 28.83" W
Latitude55° 0' 56" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKilmacrenan (8.4 Km)
OS Sheet6
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This site has subsites

Gartan - CrossGartan - Holy Well
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th August 2008

This ancient monastic site is built inside a hill fort that is said to have been given to St. Colmcille to build his monastery in.

The remains today consist of a graveyard, the foundations of an early church and a small chapel-like church. There are also two crosses and a holy well (see sub-sites). A large stone plaque shows details of the pattern stages around the complex. The upper cross is now unaccessible, because the farmer has erected a fence just outside the graveyard that blocks the way to it.

There is a good sized car park that makes a great place to stop for lunch and enjoy the views across the valley below.

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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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