Gortacullin : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefR 572 705
GPSR 57223 70539 (11m)
Longitude8° 38' 2.64" W
Latitude52° 47' 3.25" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownParteen (9.8 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 22nd February 2004

The GPS coordinates mean nothing here as the site is totally ruined. In fact the stones I found may not even be the monument. Modern forestry has obliterated this hillside and any traces of this tomb with it.

Why have I included it? Because there is one view from this spot which is mind-blowing. Putting every other landscape feature to shame, over 50 kms south, the huge pregnant-belly-like Ballyhoura Mountains sit, purple and seemingly out of focus on the horizon. You just have to stand, stare and marvel.

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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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