Kelshamore : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefS 957 948
Longitude6° 34' 28.32" W
Latitude52° 59' 43.49" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDonard (3.9 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 2nd February 2003

Located at the bottom of a gentle east facing slope, in a glade set aside from the fields lie three bullaun stones of which this is the central and main one. They form a line that runs N-S and points straight at the hillfort and cairns of the Brusselstown ring.

The rock is an earthfast boulder around 1.6m long with a flat top. into this are set three very large bullauns the largest of which is 40cm across. The other two are both around 35cm. The southmost one breaks the side of the stone slightly, but all three still hold water.

5m away there is another boulder, which looks like it was cleaved from the side of this main one and seems to be upside down, This may have further bullauns on the underside.

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Drive south from Donard and take the first right-hand fork. After approximately 2kms you will emerge from a wood. Shortly after this is a farmhouse on the right. Ask here if you can visit the stones, which are down the hill directly opposite.

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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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