Loher : Stone Fort

CountyKerry
Grid RefV 506 615
GPSV 50628 61479 (6m)
Longitude10° 9' 53.92" W
Latitude51° 47' 8.87" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownWaterville (4.5 Km)
OS Sheets83, 84
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 15th September 2007

I only called in here after seeing a signpost to it on the road. I'm very glad I did so, because it's a wonderful example of a stone fort or cashel.

The walls remain to a height of over three metres and are 3m thick. They have a good batter, meaning they slope inwards as they rise. When you climb the internal stairs you can see how well they are built. The inner and outer surfaces are finely built with dry-stone techniques and the gap between is filled with loose rubble.

There is a single door through into the inner area. Within the fort there are the remains of two houses. One is rectangular while the other is round. The walls of these are 1.5m tall.

The views from here are stunning. The site is protected on three sides by high mountains. To the west there is plenty of good land and beyond that is Ballinskelligs Bay. The view in this direction makes the entrance to the bay very narrow, making it easy to see any ship trying to enter.

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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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