the Degree Confluence Project


5.7 km (3.5 miles) ENE of Teeromoyle, Kerry, Ireland
Approx. altitude: 265 m (869 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 52°S 170°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: GPS display at confluence

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  52°N 10°W (visit #9)  

#1: General View of Confluence site looking South-East

(visited by Konstantin Levin and Stiva Oblonsky)

11-Oct-2012 -- This was my first photographically-documented confluence visit. On the night before the trip to the lake, we had a pleasant evening by the fireside in the bar at the Olde Glenbeigh Hotel, and took time while nursing our pints to admire the large and very detailed hand-drawn map of the area (dating from 1966) that adorns the wall.

Next morning I drove West out of Glenbeigh with Stiva Oblonsky along the N70 for approximately 3km before turning off to the left at a signpost marked "Coomasaharn Lake". On the return trip, we learned that we could have taken another subsidiary road out of the centre of Glenbeigh, one that led in a southwesterly direction to the lake.

The road that we took was single-track, mostly well paved except for the last few km, but even then we managed to negotiate it without four wheel drive quite easily. The road took us to a cul-de-sac near some farm houses, and we parked on a mud and gravel-covered incline at 650m from ground zero, having driven past a curious collie, who looked suspiciously like the dog photographed by a previous visitor to the confluence. Amazingly, this very isolated road to a remote mountain lake is covered by Google Street View, which features imagery of the house at the end of the road, our parking place, and even the lake itself.

Having parked the car, we hiked across some fields along the northern edge of the lake, hopping over some fences (thankfully without barbed wire) en route. We arrived at the confluence without difficulty, but not without muddy footwear and damp socks. It took a few moments' dance to get the GPSr to display the required zeros in both coordinates.

It was an overcast day, with a temperature of 10 degrees C when we reached the confluence point. We had a wonderful view of the placid Lake Coomasaharn, nestled in its mountainous setting. This glacial lake is notable for its population of Arctic Char (Salvelinus Alpinus) a salmon-like fish that is rarely encountered at such low latitudes. The confluence is a remote, tranquil spot, and one can imagine that the scenery visible from here has remained essentially unchanged for centuries. We both felt that it was worth the trip for the picturesque views alone.

 All pictures
#1: General View of Confluence site looking South-East
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: GPS display at confluence
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