Cleggan : Court Tomb

Grid RefL 606 589
GPSL 60616 58911 (7m)
Longitude10° 6' 13.84" W
Latitude53° 33' 41.65" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownClifden (9.8 Km)
OS Sheet37
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 18th July 2004

There are many things about this monument that basically make it perfect. I'll not try and number them or list all of them, but here are a few. It stands 4m from the top of a 6m high cliff at the bottom of which the sea crashes in. It is hidden from view as you descend the hillside to reach it until the last moment. The location of Inis Boffin is perfect, with just the reclining mother figure visible past the headland. The capstone is a fantastic shape and very comfortable to lie upon, curled up and stare at Inis Boffin. It's so peaceful, not even the ferry to Inis Boffin disturbs the peace. Curraghs bob up and down in the water nearby.

So, you know by know that I kinda like this place. I suppose I'd better describe more than the capstone. The tomb is aligned roughly NW-SE with the front at the southeast. There either is a long, narrow court at this end or a lot of the gallery is without a roof. I think it's the former, so I will refer to it as that. The court is separated from the gallery by two jambs, behind which a lintel stone has fallen. The beautiful roof stone covers the first segment of the gallery, the rear half of which is open. One of the wall stones on the NE side have collapsed inwards allowing tight access.

This really is a superb tomb in an amazing location. I think it was built here to honour the Inis Boffin figure to the NW and it would be very interesting to see where the Summer Solstice sun sets upon her body, which I am sure it does. Another one for the list of places to be next Summer Solstice!

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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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