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Noctilucent clouds over the River Clyde.
Greenock, Scotland.

Noctilucent clouds over the River Clyde.

Greenock, Scotland.

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Notilucent clouds over the River Clyde.

I was eaten alive by midges, swooped on by bats and hunted by an owl but I managed to get some nice photos! I love this time of year and how the sky is already this light at 2.10am.

Cloch Point, Scotland.

Notilucent clouds over the River Clyde.

I was eaten alive by midges, swooped on by bats and hunted by an owl but I managed to get some nice photos! I love this time of year and how the sky is already this light at 2.10am.

Cloch Point, Scotland.

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The ferry leaving Wemyss Bay and heading off into the sunset towards Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.
Wemyss Bay, Scotland.

The ferry leaving Wemyss Bay and heading off into the sunset towards Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.

Wemyss Bay, Scotland.

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Demolition of Inverkip Power Station chimney, 28th July 2013.

Inverkip, Scotland.

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The End of an Era.


The demolition of Inverkip Power Station chimney was finally carried out tonight. As of 10pm the title of “Tallest Free Standing Structure in Scotland” passed to the chimney at Longannet Power Station on the Firth of Forth. The chimney has dominated the skyline around my village since the 1970s and walking back to the house the view was strange. I guess we’ll get used to it but I’m going to miss it all the same.

Inverkip, Scotland.

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Looking down the Firth of Clyde.
The chimney of Inverkip Power Station has dominated this view since the 1970s but on 28th July it’s being demolished by explosives. At 236m (778ft) it’s currently the tallest free standing structure in Scotland and made up of 1.4 million bricks and 20,000 tons of concrete. Most of the power station has already been torn down and cleared and the site will be used to build hundreds of houses, although no work is being done to upgrade the surrounding roads or infrastructure.
I still remember going to an open day at the plant with my dad and grandad when I was maybe 4 or 5 and having a tour of the whole place. I thought it was amazing and it’s one of the few proper memories I have of my grandad before he succumbed to that scourge of the Clyde, mesothelioma, caused by working with asbestos in the shipyards.
I for one will miss the chimney, along with many who sail the River Clyde who see it as a reassuring landmark.
Inverkip, Scotland.

Looking down the Firth of Clyde.

The chimney of Inverkip Power Station has dominated this view since the 1970s but on 28th July it’s being demolished by explosives. At 236m (778ft) it’s currently the tallest free standing structure in Scotland and made up of 1.4 million bricks and 20,000 tons of concrete. Most of the power station has already been torn down and cleared and the site will be used to build hundreds of houses, although no work is being done to upgrade the surrounding roads or infrastructure.

I still remember going to an open day at the plant with my dad and grandad when I was maybe 4 or 5 and having a tour of the whole place. I thought it was amazing and it’s one of the few proper memories I have of my grandad before he succumbed to that scourge of the Clyde, mesothelioma, caused by working with asbestos in the shipyards.

I for one will miss the chimney, along with many who sail the River Clyde who see it as a reassuring landmark.

Inverkip, Scotland.

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Wemyss Bay station.

The railway line to Wemyss Bay was built in 1862 to connect Glasgow to the Clyde Steamers that sailed down the coast and to the Isle of Bute. The present station was built in 1903 and forms both a railway terminus and ferry port to Rothesay. Today it serves around 200,000 passengers per year.

Wemyss Bay, Scotland.

Wemyss Bay station.

The railway line to Wemyss Bay was built in 1862 to connect Glasgow to the Clyde Steamers that sailed down the coast and to the Isle of Bute. The present station was built in 1903 and forms both a railway terminus and ferry port to Rothesay. Today it serves around 200,000 passengers per year.

Wemyss Bay, Scotland.

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Sunset down by the marina.
When I used to see planes going across the sky like the one in this photo I’d always wonder where all the passengers were going and what they would do there, were they going on holiday or heading home, or going away on business. Now I have an app on my phone that tells me exactly where it’s going when I point the camera at it, and I find out it’s actually a UPS cargo plane headed to the Worldhub in Louisville, Kentucky. Not quite as romantic I guess but cool all the same!
Inverkip, Scotland.

Sunset down by the marina.

When I used to see planes going across the sky like the one in this photo I’d always wonder where all the passengers were going and what they would do there, were they going on holiday or heading home, or going away on business. Now I have an app on my phone that tells me exactly where it’s going when I point the camera at it, and I find out it’s actually a UPS cargo plane headed to the Worldhub in Louisville, Kentucky. Not quite as romantic I guess but cool all the same!

Inverkip, Scotland.

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The ferry heading across the Firth of Clyde to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. The Sleeping Warrior profile of the Arran hills can be seen through the haze left of centre.
Wemyss Bay, Scotland.

The ferry heading across the Firth of Clyde to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. The Sleeping Warrior profile of the Arran hills can be seen through the haze left of centre.

Wemyss Bay, Scotland.

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Kip Water running into Kip Marina and on into the River Clyde.
In Anglicised Gaelic the word inbhir became inver (meaning “mouth of the river”) hence the name of the village I live in, Inverkip.
Inverkip, Scotland.

Kip Water running into Kip Marina and on into the River Clyde.

In Anglicised Gaelic the word inbhir became inver (meaning “mouth of the river”) hence the name of the village I live in, Inverkip.

Inverkip, Scotland.