Ballyhalbert : Standing Stone

CountyDown
Grid RefJ 647 636
GPSJ 64664 63562 (5m)
Longitude5° 27' 29.77" W
Latitude54° 29' 37.13" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallywalter (5.7 Km)
OS Sheet21
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th February 2006

This is a nice stone that's easy to see, if not reach. It stands at the side of a lane, but the field it stands in is 6 foot above the road. Luckily the fence between the two is a wire one and allows you to see the stone. 50m or so to the southeast of the stone there is a very battered motte.

Standing 1.5m tall and very uneven in profile this stone has character. The views out to sea, although hampered by the terraced houses on the seafront below, are very nice.

The stone is actually further west than it appears to be on the OS map and can be seen from the lane there.

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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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