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TP1372 - Binns Hill
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Lothian Region
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Binns HillNT18/T21NT18T021305275.90678591.19111.1843PILLAR01/06/1947101/10/1964N0

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There are 31 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 825th with 18 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 6.97/10 (from 36 logged visits)
Was First logged: 17th Aug 1985
Was Last logged: 12th Jun 2019

Of the 36 logged visits,
11 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 7800m
The average error was 713m
The closest was 1m

Griefmiester Griefmiester agentmancuso agentmancuso Clochandighter Clochandighter fasgadh fasgadh caroleengel caroleengel coinea coinea Border Peat Border Peat fasgadh fasgadh asbown asbown descarte1 descarte1 Mickandkim Mickandkim Binns Hill Binns Hill [Zoom In/Out] [Hide Labels]

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Selection of photos for this Pillar.

By asbown

By Griefmiester

©stan toon

©stan toon

By iainmac
S3234 - Binns Hill
By Clochandighter
See 24 more in the album.

Logged Visits:

Good condition 12th Jun 2019  12:43  by asbown

Gridref: NT 05277 78589   FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

From NT car park, good views.

Good condition 26th Mar 2018  11:54  by Griefmiester

Gridref: NT 05267 78585   FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parking in the NT car park then easy stroll over to tower, Pillar good condition, great views of the bridges

Good condition 7th Dec 2017  13:15  by stan toon

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Lovely place......great views...bench mark cut on fort entrance to tower

©stan toon
©stan toon

Good condition 19th Oct 2017  16:44  by campagvelocet

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Light rain setting in. Good view of Forth bridges.

Good condition 7th Oct 2017  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: NT 05278 78586   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

From car park at NT050786. Follow sign for tower at NT 0514 7864

Good condition 16th Sep 2017  13:20  by dugswell2

FB Number: S3234   Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Parking for this Scottish National Trust property near the house. Then short woodland and pasture walk to tower, Tump summit and trig. Great cut mark on tower and poorer one on the house itself.

Good condition 5th Jul 2017  16:48  by dalg

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Excellent views, and next to a tower that was built as a folly, as the result of a bet.

Good condition 31st Jul 2016  11:12  by joe90

FB Number: 3234  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

great view lovely short walk from house of binns beautiful peacocks binns tower beside grid point , interesting, 2 benches to sit on

Good condition 26th Jun 2016  07:45  by Wubbleyew

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

As I drove up the drive towards the house skilfully avoiding the many sheep enjoying the warmth of the tarmac, I wondered whether I was too early for visiting this trig, but was reassured by a sign that told me the estate is open every day from 07:30. (It was 07:35)! Nicely set just below the mound containing the tower. Pillar has asphalt cap, and one sight-hole open.

Good condition 25th Jun 2016  14:15  by Sealf4

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Visited with my grand-daughter and didn't pay much attention to the pillar which appeared in good condition. Great views, lovely spot.

Good condition 29th May 2015  20:23  by Borderer

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Parked in the grounds near to the house (donations box) and followed the signed path up to the tower. Following the pattern of the week there were heavy showers (although I have not been caught yet) and led to impressive skies. Good 360 views including the three river crossings. On my way past the house on the way back I got talking to the owners of the House and representatives for the National Trust, only after realizing that it was Sir Tam Dalyell and his wife. Very pleasant and friendly. Well worth a family visit, house open from the beginning of June.


Good condition 4th May 2013  09:18  by Leeroy-Q

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Good condition 29th Nov 2012  15:20  by trigging on an island

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Approached from the northeast coming up through the trees via Wester Shore Wood. Would have liked to been able to climb the tower but never mind. Carried on to Linlithgow along the canal towpath.

Binns Hill

Good condition 6th Nov 2011  11:10  by descarte1

Gridref: NT 05275 78591   FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Vgc pillar standing just off the summit occupied by the Tower of the Binns. FB faces west-ish with all sightholes open except north. Blocked internally. Cap missing but asphalt plug present. Excellent views despite freezing fog. Couldn't see Kinniny Braes as a result....The house has a nice cut benchmark on it as does the door jamb of the tower itself (currently engulfed in scaffolding)

Good condition 31st Jan 2011  13:20  by Border Peat

Gridref: NT 05275 78590   FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Cold&windy,Free entry into grounds

©Border Peat

Good condition 30th Apr 2010  00:00  by Mickandkim

Gridref: NT 11870 82759   FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Parked at House nice walk past Peacocks through park land to Tower and Trig Very nice views take the family

Good condition 7th Apr 2010  14:37  by coinea

Gridref: NT 05277 78587   FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Good condition 6th Mar 2009  12:10  by ocean soul

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Close to tower in the grounds of House of the Binns.Excellent views over Firth of Forth

Good condition 30th Jan 2009  11:50  by Late starter

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Lovely walk up to the trig through snowdrops at this time of year. Good views of the Firth of Forth and road and rail bridges in the distance, but no sign of Kinniny Braes. BSM style flush bracket. Tarmac plug.

Good condition 30th Jan 2009  11:50  by Bergfuehrer

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

West Lothian. The gardens for The House of the Binns are open all year. It is a pleasant walk up through the woods, with snowdrops at this time of year, from the house to the tower. The trig pillar stands a few yards away from the base of the tower. Asphalt plug.

Good condition 27th Jan 2009  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Revisited to see if I could spot Kinniny Braes. Slightly misty - needs a sunny winters day with no wind.


Good condition 16th Oct 2008  10:45  by agentmancuso

Gridref: NT 05274 78582   FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Great views north to Perthshire hills and Ochils, and to what might be TP4240 - Kinniny Braes

Good condition 7th Jun 2008  06:47  by Skerryvore

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Interesting tower and story and easy trig for once!

I'm the king of the castle! ©Skerryvore

Good condition 10th Feb 2008  14:00  by fasgadh

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Another snowdrop visit. Rather unwell, so the short climb up felt a lot longer than usual.

Good condition 8th Sep 2007  10:40  by Boys from the Dyes

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Park on grass just before big house and follow signs for the tower. Worth reading metal plaques up by the tower. Only cost £29 to build.

Binns pillar and flush bracket with tower. ©Boys from the Dyes

Good condition 22nd Nov 2006  15:33  by andyc

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Excellent views down the forth to the bridges and to Blackness Castle.

House of the Binns
Tower at the Binns
View to Fife
Tam's Trig
Binns FB

Not Logged 31st Jul 2006  15:00  by Sandman

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 5/10

Good condition 27th Nov 2005  15:43  by sky high boys

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Great spot with crackin views down the Forth with atmospheric skies.

©sky high boys

Good condition 13th Feb 2005  14:00  by fasgadh

Gridref: NT 05281 78585   FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Its snowdrop time again, so a visit to the Binns was called for... A very good display on a very windy day. Not too bad up at the tower with a fine view over to the Ochils, snow above 600m.Concrete insert.

Binns Hill Metal
Binns Hill Snowdrops on the way up.
Binns Hill And the bridges.
Binns Hill North and eastward view

Good condition 28th Dec 2004  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S/3234  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

vgc, mortar plug, just E of tower & slightly below summit. BSM

Good condition 1st Mar 2004  09:50  by fasgadh

Gridref: NT 05278 78586   FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Well sited, as a fine viewpoint. The bridges show up well from here, as does the Forth and Ochils. Good condition, plug replaced. Fine walk up from the house through thousands of snowdrops. Highly recommended. Sunny and frosty.

The Binns, looking towards the tower. ©fasgadh

Good condition 24th Aug 2003  16:46  by Clochandighter

Gridref: NT 05277 78586   FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Revisit. HISTORY: The pillar was completed 11th April 1944 costing 5.3s.9d. In 1947 this marker was computed for triangulation as tertiary station NT18/T21 in the Dunfermline secondary block. The flush bracket was levelled for height in 1964. This trig point was last maintained by the OS in June 1981. SITE VISIT: Located three miles east of Linlithgow on grazing land owned by NTS. The Binns is the family seat of West Lothian MP, Tam Dayell. Access to this well visited top is easy from the west or an assault course from the east. Pillar in very good condition. Spider plugged with coarse bitumen. BsM flush bracket faces west. Three sight holes open. Views to Ben Cleugh, Knock Hill, West Lomond, Benarty Hill, East Lomond, Hill of Beath, Pilkham Hills, Orrock Hill, Forth Bridges, Arthurs seat, Allermuir Hill, Scald Law, West Cairn Hill, Binny Craig, Cocklerue Hill. Weather sunny.

S3234 - Binns Hill pillar & FB

Good condition 9th Sep 2002  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10


Good condition 21st May 1998  15:30  by Dusty

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Sir James Dalyell built the Binns Tower in 1826 for the grand sum of 29.10s which he had won in an after-dinner wager.


Good condition 21st May 1998  15:30  by brisboy&wife

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Good condition 17th Aug 1985  15:04  by Clochandighter

FB Number: S3234  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

First visit. To record FB number S3234. BsM flush bracket. Second trig of five for this extended West Lothian trip. No photographs taken.

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