NS3278 : Old landing place and ballast mound

near to Ardmore, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Old landing place and ballast mound
Old landing place and ballast mound
The dark, curving structure which is shown here, exposed at low tide just off the south-eastern shore of Ardmore Point, is also shown on the 25-inch-to-the-mile OS map that was surveyed in 1860; there, it is dotted in rather lightly, but is shown with very much the same outline as it has at the present day.

These remains are not to be confused with the NS3178 : Remains of a quay located 400 metres further along the shoreline.

The structure in the present picture is unlikely to be a yair (fish trap); David Murray, in his book "Old Cardross" (1880) lists all six yairs to be found on the shore between Ardoch and Craigendoran, and this is not one of them; see NS3576 : Ardoch Yair. The apparent ballast mound also suggests a different use.

It may instead be what Murray calls "the Kyloch" ("Kyloch, The the landing place in the White Bay"; "White Bay, The the bay on the south-east side of the Hill of Ardmore"), or either the Big or Little Layer (on which, see the link above on the remains of a quay).

For the mound, see NS3278 : Ballast mound and (closer) NS3278 : Ballast mound.
Landing place and ballast mound
A dark structure, which is probably an old landing place, has, at its far end, a mound. The latter is apparently formed of ballast, dumped here by vessels before they loaded their cargo. See LinkExternal link (at Canmore) for details.
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Friday, 3 September, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 9 September, 2010
Geographical Context
Estuary, Marine  Coastal 
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Ardmore Point 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3229 7829 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.0940N 4:41.3226W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3219 7837
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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