Barnes Lower : Stone Row or Alignment

CountyDonegal
Grid RefC 123 263
GPSC 12308 26327 (8m)
Longitude7° 48' 26.09" W
Latitude55° 5' 2.73" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKilmacrenan (6.2 Km)
OS Sheet2
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 13th March 2005

Sitting oddly in a dip on a hilltop overlooking Lough Salt these stones are a bit of an oddity. At first glance there seems to be three stones, the tallest of which is around 1.2m high. The next down in size is just under 1m tall. The smallest hardly breaks ground level, but on closer inspection it is not what it seems. Someone has dug a small hole around this stone, which reveals a smaller stone next to it, the two stones forming a V on the axis of the alignment (which is N-S with the tallest stone at the south.) I think these two stones formed a socket for the third stone (now missing) to stand in.

The surrounding higher ground blocks the views to the northeast and directly west, but the lough to the east is visible as is the low lying land and Lough Greenan some 120m below to the southwest. On the other side of Lough Salt the origianlly named Loughsalt Mountain rises up vertically in a most spectacular manner. To the north east there is a very beautiful little lough called Lough Reelan, which if in Wales or Cumbria would be called 'cwm', but are probably called by the more mundane name of 'kettle lake' here (I am not big on Irish geographical terms as you can tell!) Both Lough Reelan and Lough Salt are quite high up and were formed during the last ice age.

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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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