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Carrigagulla NE

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<b>Carrigagulla NE</b>Posted by gjrkImage © gjrk
Nearest Town:Cookstown (19km SSE)
OS Ref (IE):   W372838 / Sheet: 79
Latitude:52° 0' 10.22" N
Longitude:   8° 54' 52.45" W

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A few hundred yards further on down the main road from Carrigagulla SW there is a turning into the Coilte Forestry plantation.
We follow the track until we come to an obvious right hand turn leading to a dead end.
I know that Carrigagulla NE is just down this track and off in the trees somewhere. I have explicit directions (picked up from this very site). Seems straightforward. Walk to end of track - go west 120 paces - then North 45 paces into trees and voila !
I get to the end of the track,and then step into what looks like an innocuous little puddle....... seconds later I am knee deep in black, smelly bog water, which is rapidly filling my boots. Not quite what I had in mind, as I pull myself up onto drier land. I now forget my Wests from my Norths and somehow circle back to the car. I should have remembered to bring my compass !
Not giving up - its back down the track and then find an obvious dry and easy step over and this time head straight into the trees (right at the corner) and head West. After 100 yards or so I can make out some stones over in a clearing to the right.... and here it is,another magical sight beholds me. Carrigagulla NE five stone circle ! If this circle was just sitting in a field, it would be quite plain. But here in this clearing amongst the conifers it is special - "a must visit" circle.
Again aligned for the cross quarter (240 degrees - Jack Roberts). All five stones are upright and in good condition.
I head back out to the track and squelch my way back to the car. After ringing out my socks, we have our packed lunch whilst sitting listening to the birds singing.
Meic Posted by Meic
17th October 2012ce

I had wondered about maybe trying to get over to this one from the other stone circle however from the terrain it looked very difficult and so I drove up the forestry road to within about 300m of it. I had the coordinates in my handheld gps and even with the 8 digits coordinates I still nearly didnt find this. I just couldnt fathom that the stone circle would be in the evergreen trees.
See Gordons pictures for great directions on how to find this site, I shall have to start following them soon!
bawn79 Posted by bawn79
22nd September 2011ce

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"And then we emerged to see the stars again."

Dante Alighieri, Inferno XXXIV, 139.
(Trans. C.H. Sisson, Oxford 1998)
gjrk Posted by gjrk
3rd April 2006ce