Ally : Court Tomb

Grid RefH 258 725
Longitude7° 36' 2.73" W
Latitude54° 36' 0.04" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCastlederg (12 Km)
OS Sheet12
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 4th May 2002

You would not know that this tomb stands on the ridge above you as you drive passed the horrible blue water processing plant below.

My first impression of this tomb was from the single remaining roof stone which looks like a huge trolls head complete with a fine head of hair and a wide toothless grin.

The chamber is in fair condition and one stone has some small cup marks on it. The court yard has gone and has been replaced by a round dry stone wall sheep pen.

To the rear of the cairn is a large sub chamber with the roof slab slid to one side.

The views from here are pretty good. Without the nearby water plant and the foul pine forest they would be superb!

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Monday, 4th August 2003

The huge muppet-mouthed roofstone seems to have accumulated even more vegetation. How much more can it take?. I couldn't resist popping in again as I was driving right past. The awful noise from the nearby logging activity made me leave more quickly than I'd intended.

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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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