Baltray : Stone Pair

CountyLouth
Grid RefO 145 782
Longitude6° 15' 51.98" W
Latitude53° 44' 26.99" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDrogheda (6.7 Km)
OS Sheet43
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 21st October 2001

Finding these stones was a joy! I sat at the gate to the field and watched a fox sunbathing for 15 minutes before he saw or heard me and went scampering off. The stones are tall (over 2m) and slim in relation to their height. Next to them in the field is a very strange concrete structure that kills the atmosphere while at the same time adds and accentuates their stone beauty.

I have read that these stones align perfectly with Fourknocks cemetery and possess significant winter solstice alignments.

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Saturday, 27th July 2002

I was on the way to Termonfeckin and I thought I'd take the opportunity to pop back in to see these stones. With foot and mouth now not an issue I thought it worth the walk across the field to get some closer pictures.

These stones are big! The tallest is easily 2.5m tall and the shorter one exceed 2m. It is a real shame that the central stone of this once three stone alignment is missing.

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Directions

Take the R167 east from Drogheda for about 6km and follow the signs to Baltray off to the right. When in Baltray village park at a pub called The 19th Hole. From here walk about 250m along a farm track at 90' to the road. The stones are in a field to the right.

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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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