Drumskinny : Stone Circle

Grid RefH 201 707
Longitude7° 41' 20.71" W
Latitude54° 35' 2.75" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCastlederg (15.1 Km)
OS Sheet12
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 4th May 2002

This truly is a lovely circle and the restoration has done little to damage the atmosphere here, although the wooden fence is (as usual) too close.

The circle is 15m or so in diameter and consists of 38 stones some of which aren't original but small replacements (these are marked). To the north of the circle and adjacent to it is a small cairn. From this a stone row of many small stones runs in a tangent to the circle.

While here, and for the rest of the day, we were surrounded by cuckoos calling out making this trip quite memorable. There is quite a lot of litter around the enclosure and on the walk from the car park which does dampen the feeling.

I really did like this place and do intend to go back when the opportunity arises.

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Monday, 4th August 2003

Does Drumskinney mean Hill of Big Wasps? I had sought some respite here after the noise at Ally, but I was to be driven away by huge buzzy things!

This place is somewhat of a mystery that will never be solved. The landscape offers no clues as to why they chose this spot. The gravel, although helping to preserve the site, threw off any sense of feeling I had. I know it's a great circle and as I approached I was really excited and then .....

The circle offers only three taller stones at north, east and south and even they aren't quite right. They don't align to form indicators of direction, nor do they point to any significant landscape feature. How could they? There are none! Odd place.

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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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