Whiterath : Standing Stone

CountyLouth
Grid RefO 034 983
Longitude6° 25' 33.1" W
Latitude53° 55' 25.27" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCastlebellingham (3.7 Km)
OS Sheet36
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 3rd February 2002

I meant to come to this stone last week, but for some reason skipped it. It is a very rough, short (1.2m) and squat thing. From the road it looks almost cubic, but on closer inspection from the side it is just 30cm thick at the base and tapering slightly towards the top.

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Directions

From Castlebellingham head north up the N1 and take the left turn to Dreomsiskin. Continue through the village and turn left at the next crossroads. After about 800m you will see a small bungalow on the right. The stone is in a small enclosure just past this. Access is easiest via their garden so ask there.

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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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