Inishmurray : Leacht

Grid RefG 571 538
GPSG 57084 53379 (3m)
Longitude8° 39' 40.7" W
Latitude54° 25' 37.45" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGrange (10 Km)
OS Sheet16
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th June 2010

This leacht or altar is to the west of the village just beyond where the natural harbour is. A little bay below the altar makes a good landing spot for small craft, such as canoes.

The cuboid altar is set within a low, rectangular enclosure with a single entrance. There are many beach pebbles on top of the leacht that were probably used as turnstones by pilgrims.

A small freshwater spring rises from the ground just below the site.

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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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