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TP6518 - Tomtain
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There are 30 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 2172nd with 22 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 6.38/10 (from 39 logged visits)
Was First logged: 3rd Jul 1990
Was Last logged: 17th Jun 2018

Of the 39 logged visits,
10 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 20m
The average error was 7m
1 was exact

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Selection of photos for this Pillar.

By Cootking

By Cootking

By Cootking

Top face and view west.
By Aqueously90
Tomtain trig
By FionaCH

By geezagoal
By iainmac
See 22 more in the album.

Logged Visits:

Good condition 17th Jun 2018  09:52  by Cootking

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Walk in mist with 1/2 collie, sadly to be returned to the rescue. Great on hills but terrible with people. Easy short gently ascending walk from roadside parking to the east. Weather poor. Midgy in trees.

Flush bracket

Good condition 14th Apr 2018  08:30  by ngthack

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 27th Dec 2017  13:30  by Mickandkim

Gridref: NS 72120 81403   FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Nice walk in snow from CP

Good condition 1st Oct 2017  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: NS 72124 81396   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 26th Jun 2017  21:54  by Sealf4

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

2nd Trig point of today on the Watershed of Scotland, My first "high" land on the Watershed since the hills around Biggar. Great views of the conurbations and the lights coming on (I camped up here) and counting myself fortunate to be high up rather than down below,

Slightly damaged 17th Jun 2017  15:58  by Cynikal

Gridref: NS 72116 81399   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 5/10

Good condition 25th Mar 2017  17:30  by Borderer

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Parked at the viewpoint on the minor road to the east. Despite the warm conditions there was still snow lying on the rather boggy track up to the pillar. Long views in all directions.


Good condition 7th Jan 2017  11:00  by Aqueously90

Gridref: NS 72125 81408   FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Log #392. From Tak-Ma-Doon viewpoint parking, soggy in places. Great views, but lots of low cloud today. BSM-style FB, cap missing. [ExP-267/MiP-34/Rev-6/BM-25/IS-42/Other-18]

Top face and view west.

Good condition 11th Oct 2016  12:45  by dugswell2

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Car park near the top of the Tak-ma-Doon road then right along the road to gain damp track to Tomtain and then onward to Garrel Hill before returning the same way.

Good condition 6th Mar 2016  11:10  by Ham Mathieson

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Stunning March morning, trig in good condition and position with spectacular views - North snow capped Ben Lomond, South Tinto, East my local hills & West Meikle Bin. Great spot overlooking most of Central Scotland.

Good condition 13th Dec 2015  09:50  by peregrinus

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Revisited en route to Garrel Hill on fine frosty morn

pillar looking SW

Not Logged 8th May 2015  13:34  by FionaCH

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

Good condition 8th May 2015  11:52  by FionaCH

Gridref: NS 72121 81395   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Lovely day for a walk up to this trig with fabulous views all around.

Tomtain trig

Good condition 17th Feb 2013  20:33  by geezagoal

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Good views today just a wee bit hazy.Ground boggy and wet in a few places as the snow begins to melt.

Not Logged 5th Jul 2012  18:55  by pricklyangelduo

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 5/10

Good condition 27th Jan 2012  13:05  by fasgadh

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Daytime visit on a rough walk up from Kilsyth (with an easier descent) of the Tak ma doon. Noticeable effects of the wind on the southern side. Claggy so no Glasgow view.

Tomtain ©fasgadh
Tomtain ©fasgadh

Good condition 8th May 2011  15:00  by ngm1scot

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

Good condition 26th Mar 2011  14:28  by jester2005

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

Visited this with my daughter, cloud meant that the view wasn't the greatest, but an enjoyable walk all the same.

Good condition 21st Sep 2010  15:19  by SlainteJimmy

Gridref: NS 72123 81399   FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Cap missing with East and West sights open on this perfectly plinthed BSM Pillar. Difficult to call damage on a pebble-dashed and wind-lashed Trig.. easy to understand the nearby, much lower Viewpoint.. I laughed, having just enjoyed Tomtains Supreme 360 with Scotlands Central Belt laid low n wide, below.

Tomtain ..the Central Belt on a blustery day.

Good condition 29th Apr 2010  00:00  by Border Peat

Gridref: NS 72100 81400   FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

parked on roadside dry under foot hill to ourselves great views

so peaceful ©Border Peat

Slightly damaged 29th Sep 2009  10:00  by descarte1

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 7/10

Came up from Tak Me Doon car park. Managed to avoid using the extremely clear path and wandered across a sphagnum moss bog instead for the first couple of hundred yards. Amazingly, after finding the path, the going got easier.... FB south facing, spider OK but no cap or plug. East and west sights open. Pillar is in generally decent condition although the facing has weathered off on the west and south faces leaving it pretty rough. Decent views to the north and east considering Glasgow was under a cloud. Tomtain seems to have escaped.

Slightly damaged 12th Aug 2009  17:30  by stan toon

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 8/10

Quick jaunt up from highest point on "Tak me doon road"

Good condition 7th Mar 2009  12:15  by Boys from the Dyes

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 2/10

Tomtain on a wet and miserable day. No views

Tomtain Pillar and flush bracket. ©Boys from the Dyes

Slightly damaged 1st Feb 2009  12:33  by andyc

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 9/10

Fabulous views across the central belt. Up from Tak me Doon car park, good path though could have been boggy if not frozen.

Good condition 31st May 2008  15:55  by Sandman

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

Good condition 25th Sep 2007  10:15  by Scotsbob

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

Passed this on the way to find a geocache, remains of a tent and rubbish close by which I removed

Good condition 7th Jun 2007  13:40  by coinea

Gridref: NS 72121 81400   FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

S3564 Tomtain

Not Logged 9th May 2007  17:35  by campagvelocet

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

Came up from Tak Me Doon car park. Good views.

Good condition 27th Jan 2007  13:15  by philipmc

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

Bog standard


Good condition 29th Mar 2006  17:30  by Tamtane

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

Up after work. I visited this Trig on my way to Garrell Hill, Lairds Loup and Lairds Hill. A bit of cloud about here and there but spectacular views: to the north - Arrochar Alps and Ben Lomond, to the south - Tinto, to the east - Lomond hills, the Forth the Ochils and the Pentlands and to the West - Meikle Bin and Carron Reservoir. Very nice spot.

Good condition 8th Jan 2006  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Top a bit weathered.


Good condition 6th Aug 2005  17:27  by Clochandighter

Gridref: NS 72127 81389   FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Car??? I walked there from Falkirk via four other trigs. Pillar of very rough finish, otherwise VGC. Spider centre open and filling up with crap. Corroded green BsM flush bracket faces southwards. L&R sighting holes open but internally blocked. Big big views include Cortma Law, Meikle Bin, Ben Lomond, Stronend, Ben More, Cairnoch Hill, Ben Ledi, Carleatheran, Ben Vorlich, Lewis Hill, Dumyat, Ben Cleugh, West Lomond, Dumglow, Knock Hill, Birns Hill, Hill of Beath, Arthurs Seat, Lammer Law, Allermuir Hill, Ballencrieffe Hill, Scald Law, West Cairn Hill, Tippet Craig, Black Hill Wester Bracco, Culter Fell, Tinto, Bar Hill. Built 5th December 1945. Tertiary station in block NS77, Glasgow. Revisited & photographed 6/08/2005, GRP.

S3564 - Tomtain montage(GRP)

Good condition 2nd Jul 2005  13:00  by Boys from the Dyes

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Very hard to get to Trig Point from the Carron Dam side. Route marked in book 100 walks around Edinburgh very overgrown.

Good condition 14th May 2005  16:00  by takmadoon

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

My local and most visited trigpoint. Stunning views at all points of the compass! Great value for such a small hill and only 25 minutes walk from the layby on Tak-Ma-Doon road if your taking a car.

Good condition 17th Feb 2005  20:25  by fasgadh

Gridref: NS 72122 81398   FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Plug missing. Very rough concrete, BSM type. Short muddy walk up from the road , very good views of Glasgow's lights. Started in moonlight, and then it started raining. Still light enough to see though.

Tomtain The blazing lights of Weegiestan
Tomtain Metal

Good condition 21st Feb 2004  11:00  by Peachy73

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Good condition 27th Dec 2003  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S/3564  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

vgc, no cap or plug, S side of fence

Good condition 7th Jan 2001  00:00  by agentmancuso

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

From Kilsyth Golf Club, via Laird's Hill & Garrel Hill, with Fiona.

Good condition 3rd Jul 1990  10:55  by Clochandighter

FB Number: S3564  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

First visit. To record FB number. The pillar was completed 5th December 1945 costing 12.9s.6d. In 1947 this marker was computed for triangulation as tertiary station NS77/T9 in the Glasgow secondary block. Flush bracket S3564 was levelled for height in 1956. This trig point was last maintained by the OS in November 1982. BsM Flush bracket. Views for miles, visit recommended.

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