Slievemore : Stone Circle

CountyMayo
Grid RefF 593 076
Longitude10° 8' 45.21" W
Latitude53° 59' 54.27" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDoagh (3 Km)
OS Sheets30, 22
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 31st May 2009

I had left my GPS at the car, so I struggled when looking for this site and I'm not entirely sure that I found it. There is so much land-slippage on these slopes that the site could either be covered up or could have slipped down the hillside.

What I did find was three slabs that form an arc standing on a small shelf on the steep hillside. If anything around me was a stone circle then this is it.

Reaching this site is not easy as it involves a long walk followed by a steep descent to reach it. Obviously, getting home again involves a steep climb followed by a long walk! There is a track halfway down the slope, which can make it easier to get out, but the climb back up to this is hard going. This path is like a stone staircase and must have been made by the people that used to bring cattle down to this area in the summer.


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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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