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Tinto from the south
|Elevation||711 m (2,333 ft)|
|Prominence||c. 446 m|
|Listing||Marilyn, Graham, Donald|
|Translation||?Fire hill (Gaelic/Brythonic)|
|Location||South Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|Parent range||Southern Uplands|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 72|
Tinto is a hill in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Tinto is an outlying hill of the Southern Uplands, comprising little more than this one top, which stands on the west bank of the River Clyde, some 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of Biggar. The peak is also called "Tinto Tap", with the name Tinto possibly deriving from the Scottish Gaelic word teinnteach, meaning "fiery", which may refer to its ancient past as a look out beacon. Further known as the "Hill of Fire" it is also suggested[by whom?] exposed red hue felsite rock visible in many places on the hill helped gave rise to this name due the effect seen when a setting sun illuminates the hillside.
At the summit sits "Tinto Cairn" and with a diameter of 45m and a height of 6m it is one of the largest Bronze-Age round Cairns in Scotland, most of which are found at lower elevations.
On Tintock tap, there is a mist,
And in that mist, there is a kist,
And in that kist, there is a cup,
And in that cup, there is a drap.
Tak' up that cup, and drink that drap, that's in yon kist, on Tintock tap!
Tinto is also the venue for one of the most popular hill running races in Scotland which is held annually in November.
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