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TP1383 - Birgidale
11th Aug 2012 15:56 by coinea
11th Aug 2012 15:55 by Clochandighter
S8520 was DESTROYED BY VANDALS without OS consent. This was confirmed following a report in 2007. The pillar is probably still inside this cladding job. The cyan symbol is now deleted from the 1:50K (LR63) and 1:25K maps therefore the OS must deem this as destroyed. There is no name or date on the plaque affixed to this tomb so therefore by who or exactly when this was done remains unknown. The Island of Bute is nicely 'touristified' with the 'West Island Way' footpath network so it may have been done a part of that work. It is just such a shame that they chose to build around an iconic monument to map making rather than build a free standing monument independent of the triangulation pillar.
ex S8520 - Birgidale & GRP
29th Apr 2012 07:50 by Chalky
Former trig replaced by a large round stone-built cairn.
8th Jul 2011 10:21 by descarte1
Pillar has either been removed and replaced with this cairn or completely enclosed within it. The latter seems more likely due to the rather arbitrary cairn dimensions. Fairly low plateau but good intervisibility with other pillars on Bute. Parked by the memorial to the south-east and walked in along the mapped road. Easy going.
24th Feb 2011 11:45 by MAC.HAWK
As previously noted the (rather nice) cairn is certainly big enough to envelop a standard trig pillar. I noted peregrinus entry but until convinced otherwise I took the statement - This Former Trig Point etc - to imply the pillar has been removed & replaced by the cairn. However, I found the following website: http://isle-of-bute.org.uk/wiw3.shtml - giving us the following information --- The viewpoint cairn is the original trig point which has been eclosed with hewn stone and has a decorative and informative plaque affixed to it --- , no explanations but in all likelyhood due to damage (otherwise why?) and as such I now agree with peregrinus. Pretty good views in all directions, particularly to the west, although on todays visit it was rather overcast. Access a doddle on muddy, puddley track. NCOF!
24th Feb 2011 11:45 by SUE-C
11th May 2007 00:00 by lonesome_cowboy_burt
Carrying on along the West Island Way, very hard to miss!
3rd Mar 2007 12:00 by iainmac
Cairn is large enough to contain the pillar.
24th Dec 2006 11:00 by peregrinus
Stone pillar, no FB or spider; info board <This former trig point…> seems to suggest the trig has been encased. N side of track. Fine albeit grey view. FB was S8520 (OS). The OS commented on 5jan07 as follows: <The monument is indeed a pillar, it did have a flush bracket No S8520 and was last visited by us in 1977. The information was last sold to the public in 1982. So in 1982 it was still a usable pillar. My records still show it as a current pillar.> 22/7/09 reviewing my log, based on this OS info, Condition should be Damaged.
12th Oct 2005 10:30 by Dallan72
"Found" whilst Geocaching nearby.
2nd Apr 2005 13:00 by Haggis Hunter
Despite the trig now long gone, it now has a viewpoint in it's position, fantastic views of Bute from here. After bagging this we went down to the nearby Geocache.
HH at the pillar ©Haggis Hunter
2nd Apr 2005 00:13 by Firth of Forth
Came with Haggis Hunter on our weekend trip to Bute.
On a warm early April day ©Firth of Forth
20th May 2003 17:00 by Pharisee
Located on a hill at the southern end of the Isle of Bute. It stands beside a footpath known as “Lord James’ Ride”. The actual OS trig point has been replaced with a pillar built of cemented stone. There is a notice attached stating that the OS trig point once stood here but unfortunately makes no reference to the trig point’s original number. The thought occured to me that the new, circular, cairn is actually built around the original trig point but unfortunately there is no way of telling for sure.