NT8622 : Rocky summit of The Schil

taken 6 years ago, 3 km from Sourhope, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Rocky summit of The Schil
Rocky summit of The Schil
The summit of The Schil is capped by a huge pile of stones piled up around a natural rocky outcrop of frost-shattered rock. The Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Scotland describes it as clearly artificial and at least partly in place before the OS trig point was built. They did not however consider it to be of prehistoric origin.
An inventory of the ancient and historical monuments of Roxburghshire (1956) p.371

As Geoff Holland LinkExternal link correctly points out though, there is actually no trig point on The Schil, and there probably never was. Perhaps they were referring to an OS Bench Mark, or like me, mistakenly thought they were on Windy Gyle.

'Sowerhope [Sourhope] Schil' was described in 1769 as "an exceeding high and pointed hill, on the top of which is a natural rock, on which are many thousand tons of stones collected and laid in circles".
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 21 July, 2012
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Uplands  Moorland  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8690 2233 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:29.6750N 2:12.5337W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8692 2229
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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