Ballygilbert : Standing Stone

CountyAntrim
Grid RefD 334 104
GPSD 33422 10437 (4m)
Longitude5° 55' 7.24" W
Latitude54° 55' 25.23" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallygalley (4.7 Km)
OS Sheet9
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 27th January 2008

Sometimes I think I need a new category for a particular site and this is one of those instances. 'Standing stone' does not do this one justice - it really should be classed as a 'very phallic standing stone'.

I had seen pictures of this stone before, but nothing had prepared me for seeing it close up. It stands over 1.7m tall on the edge of Ballygilbert Hill, a location with stunning views of the coast. It is at least 1m in diameter. About 60 or 70 cm from the ground the cylindrical stone expands out and then rises to a gentle point. If it was less pointed it would be mushroom-like, but its pointed form shouts - PHALLUS!!!!

This wonderful stone is definitely worth visiting, but coming here does require some determination - it's a 3km walk along a hilly section of the Ulster Way.

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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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