Rathfran : Stone Circle

Grid RefG 192 335
Longitude9° 14' 22.45" W
Latitude54° 14' 38.04" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKillala (3.7 Km)
OS Sheet24
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th August 2002

Perched nicely up on the hill over looking the estuary this circle is unfortunately quite damaged. The stones to the west side still remain pretty much intact, but the east and south are mainly missing or fallen.

The circle had a diameter somewhere in the region of 8m with stones all around the 1.4m mark.

To the east is another monument, marked as a circle, but in reality a cairn kerb I think, but it is hard to say. It could be an odd shaped circle with a cairn in the middle.

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Marked Sites


From Killala take the R314 north for around 4kms. Here the road turns sharp right, crosses a river and turns sharp left. At this bend carry straight on. Continue along this road for 2kms until you reach a cross roads. Turn right and continue along here until 400m after a sharp left bend. Take the track to the left and drive along until you reach a right hand bend. Park here and you can access the circles via a gate just before the bend.

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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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