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Balintraid Pier (4626)

Current Priority
2
East
274150
North
871060
Site Type
Pier
Period
19th century AD; 1803-21

See Highland HER record ID MHG8607. This was constructed by Thomas Telford in 1817. The cost when built was about £2,000.
A long coursed tooled rubble pier with curved seaward end and with high coped rubble protective wall continuous along SW side. This was built for importing lime, coals and other articles of consumption and for exporting corn and timber.

There is extensive weathering and decay to some of the masonry and the pier is deteriorating. Several sections of the parapet have collapsed and further masonry is being eroded. The main part of the pier is approximately 90m long and the seaward extension a further 15m approximately and it is 7m wide approximately.

It is on the Buildings at Risk Register No.4619 for Scotland.

There is modern rock armouring on the shore either side of the pier.

The pier is in a dilapidated condition. Stone facing is particularly eroded on W side. One section of far end of pier is collapsed and sand and shingle is accreting on W side and eroding on E. The final 30m of pier is severely subject to storm damage.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Visit - assess condition of the site ;
Survey site - topographic and photographic survey ;
Develop management plan with landowner

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Record NH77SW 11 on map 22 in Coastal Assessment Survey: Inner Moray Firth, 1998

Other records:

NMRS
14599
SMR
MHG8607

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23rd January, 2014 by JonieCG
Survey Information
User:
JonieCG
Date:
Jan. 23, 2014
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
yes
Other threats?:
vegetation growth; structural damage/decay
Description:

See Highland HER record ID MHG8607. This was constructed by Thomas Telford in 1817. The cost when built was about £2,000.
A long coursed tooled rubble pier with curved seaward end and with high coped rubble protective wall continuous along SW side. This was built for importing lime, coals and other articles of consumption and for exporting corn and timber.

There is extensive weathering and decay to some of the masonry and the pier is deteriorating. Several sections of the parapet have collapsed and further masonry is being eroded. The main part of the pier is approximately 90m long and the seaward extension a further 15m approximately and it is 7m wide approximately.

It is on the Buildings at Risk Register No.4619 for Scotland.

There is modern rock armouring on the shore either side of the pier.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; vehicular access; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Reassign priority 2 but maintain as a priority in order to highlight the maintenance and management issues to the listed structure

Photos

JonieCG's image
Balintraid Pier by JonieCG
JonieCG's image
Balintraid Pier by JonieCG
JonieCG's image
Balintraid Pier by JonieCG