Topped Mountain : Chambered Cairn

CountyFermanagh
Grid RefH 312 458
Longitude7° 31' 12.06" W
Latitude54° 21' 35.39" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownEnniskillen (7.4 Km)
OS Sheet18
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 4th May 2002

I have read a lot of the finds on Topped mountain but knew that there is not much to see here. The cairn is massive, some 20m in diameter and 4m high. The top shows the scars of the excavations with dents and hollows.

We were up here late in the evening with the light fading fast and were treated to a fantastic 360 degree view of the plains below. This spot was definitely picked for this reason.

It's a nice walk up here and the views are adequate reward.

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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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