Dromroe : Stone Circle

CountyKerry
Grid RefV 881 657
Longitude9° 37' 24.6" W
Latitude51° 49' 56.88" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLauragh (12.8 Km)
OS Sheet85
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 11th August 2002

It is quite a hike to get here but worth every step. Situated high above the road, on a huge flat plain set in a natural ampitheatre there is definitely something in the air here.

There are 10 stones of the original 13 standing. One of the fallen stones is an entrance stone, which is sad because the other stands at over 2m tall. The axial stone opposite is just 1.1m tall and the stones graduate in size as you progress around the circle towards the entrance. There is a large boulder burial in the centre, the elongated stone of which seems to be aligned with the axial/entrance.

One lovely feature here is a 1m tall internal monolith, which is unique to this circle.

This delightful, 10m diameter, circle is somewhat threatened by some bushes and trees that have sprouted up on a low, ruined drystone wall nearby.

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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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