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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.

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As I was driving home from work tonight a plane went over and left this huge contrail! By the time I was able to get off the motorway and take this photo it was long gone. No idea why all the other planes in the sky were leaving normal sized trails, must have been really cold at the altitude this plane was at I guess. Maybe it was fighting a headwind and was using more power? Anyone know why this would be so pronounced and hang around so long?
West Ferry, Scotland.

As I was driving home from work tonight a plane went over and left this huge contrail! By the time I was able to get off the motorway and take this photo it was long gone. No idea why all the other planes in the sky were leaving normal sized trails, must have been really cold at the altitude this plane was at I guess. Maybe it was fighting a headwind and was using more power? Anyone know why this would be so pronounced and hang around so long?

West Ferry, Scotland.

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The benefit of summer in Scotland is you can still enjoy a can of Bru in the sunshine at half 9 in the evening. Well, on the odd occasion when the sun is actually shining!

The benefit of summer in Scotland is you can still enjoy a can of Bru in the sunshine at half 9 in the evening. Well, on the odd occasion when the sun is actually shining!

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A video I shot on the way home from work on Sunday morning. Watching the sun come up is one of my favourite things.

Make sure to click through to the Vimeo site so you can watch it fullscreen in HD as the quality is pretty dire otherwise!

Cloch Point, Scotland.