Keel East : Court Tomb

Grid RefF 650 076
GPSF 64959 07593 (3m)
Longitude10° 3' 34.72" W
Latitude53° 59' 59.48" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDoagh (5.2 Km)
OS Sheets30, 22
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th July 2003

This is a great place. The tomb is not only interesting, but the views are fantastic - I stayed here for quite some time, taking in the view and regaining some composure after being made all morbid at the deserted village below. It's amazing how an extensive vista on a sunny day can move me in ways I can't describe.

The tomb is aligned north-south, with the gallery at the south end. This is around 3m long and split into two chambers . One massive roofstone covers the rear end of this and makes a great seat from which to take in the view.

The court is a full one with what appear to be two stones set radially forming and entrance. These are opposite the entrance to the gallery.

To reach this site it is not necessary to take a route across the mountainside from the village (as I did), you can access it via a steep path from the road below. It is signposted. Just keep walking straight up after the track appears to end.

A low stone used to de-lineate the divisions of a gallery. Sill stones fill the width of the space, but do not reach the roof.

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Saturday, 30th May 2009

As I know where this one is I decided to make this my first stop on this long weekend stay on Achill. I had hoped for some clear views, but it was a hazy day and I couldn't really see off the hillside, let alone enjoy the wonderful views of the island below. There were moments when the view opened up, but not enough to see the mountains across the island and the top of Slievemor above the site were in cloud for the whole time I was here.

The most satisfying thing by far was that several groups of people came and went while I was mooching around the hillside. It's great to see folks around sites.

For some reason this is the only signposted megalithic monument on the island. It is certainly among the best, as most are ruined, but others are accessible - or could be made so with little effort.

From this site I went across the hillside to the west in search of the many other monuments in the State Monuments Register, but I could only find one. The others are either gone, buried or are in thick gorse.

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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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