it’s Bishopbriggs - but not as we know it!

Bishopbriggs as its residents may recognise it
Bishopbriggs as its residents may recognise it

Bishopbriggs has been transformed into a tropical paradise - according to Google Maps.

Its online picture of the local community actually shows a £1,200-a-head resort in the Indian Ocean paradise of Mauritius.

The snap, which shows white sand, turquoise waters and luxuriant tropical vegitation, has resulted in the area being re-named “Bahamabriggs” by wags who spotted the mistake online.

The photograph, which claims to have been taken in the city centre near Morrisons, shows lines of sun loungers set out in a row along a pristine beach.

A large swimming pool, which appears to belong to a hotel, glitters a short distance away, and there is even lush rainforest seen in the distance.

Online research reveals that the picture actually shows the Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius, a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean.

Mauritius enjoys annual average temperatures of around 26 degrees C and roughly 6.5 to 8 hours of sunshine per day. Bishopbriggs “basks” in an average annual temperature of six degrees C and about 3.4 hours of daily sunshine.

Sadly for local residents, the closest they have to taking a dip in a sparkling blue sea is the swimming pool at the Leisuredrome or a canal.

A picture of the mistake has been shared online by amused locals, who were quick to point out the obvious differences in climate.

One person joked: “That bit of Bishopbriggs is down the back of the retail park, just by Low Moss prison. It’s why you never hear of anyone escaping from there - they’re all too busy sunbathing.”

Yet another lamented: “Pretty sure that’s not what I see when I look out my window.”

Two years ago, Google Maps managed to “lose” the Scottish island of Jura from its online service for several days.