Lackaroe : Stone Circle

CountyKerry
Grid RefV 958 688
GPSV 95802 68771 (3m)
Longitude9° 30' 45.8" W
Latitude51° 51' 41.58" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBantry (20.4 Km)
OS Sheet85
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 31st August 2008

This wonderful stone circle immediately entered my list of favourite sites. It also entered into the list of sites that it's hardest to reach, for getting to the site involves a 750m walk up a steep, boggy hillside.

The circle is almost complete with just a few fallen stones. This still does not detract from its perfection, though. The site is located on a small plateau on the hillside that offers wonderful views to the east.

The stones are grey, whereas all the rock outcrops in the area have a reddish colour. This gives the impression that they were brought in from elsewhere.

If the stones themselves, along with the twisted thorn tree that grows next to one of them, were not wonderful enough, the other features of the monument make this a very special and possibly unique structure. In the centre of the 10m diameter circle there is a boulder burial - a very common feature of local stone circles. Around this there is a smaller inner mini stone circle. I've never seen anything like this.

As you can tell I am particularly taken with this site. With its interesting design of small circle within a circle it is surprising that it is not better known, but when considering how difficult it is to reach I think I know why it is not more widely acclaimed.

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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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