'The Deer Stone (Glendalough D)' : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefT 123 967
GPST 12327 96691 (7m)
Longitude6° 19' 34.75" W
Latitude53° 0' 33.03" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLaragh (2 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Glendalough - Visitor Centre
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 16th March 2002

This bullaun postively screams 'megalithicness' at you as you approach. It is sited at a junction in the footpath it is flanked by a huge stone on either side.

The shape of the bullaun is quite unusual too, being almost conical. The single bullaun is about 15cm across and a little deeper. A wonderful arrangement of stones.

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Sunday, 1st April 2007

I can't resist stopping at this gloriously weird stone whenever I walk past. The odd arrangement of stones around it make it look quite sculptural. What I'd love to know is how original are these stones. They could so easily by a modern/Victorian arrangement.

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Marked Sites


From the round tower walk south past the cathedral and down past St. Kevin's Chapel. Cross the river and continue for 15m to this bullaun.


This bullaun stone has a sweet tale to it. The wife of one of the labourers at Glendalough died during child birth. St. Kevin prayed at the stone and from then onwards a doe came and deposited milk in the bullaun cup for the child.

This tale rings of a much older pagan belief in my opinion.

Random Gazetteer

A Selection of Other Bullaun Stones

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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