Electric Brae

South Ayrshire | Dunure | Road | ★★

[Electric Brae]

Amongst all of Scotland's weird and wonderful places to visit, Electric Brae has to be one of the more unusual ones. A quirk in the topography around the A719 south of Dunure means that when you round the corner and begin to "descend" into Craigencroy Glen, if you pull into the signposted layby, put the car in neutral and (carefully) release the handbrake, you should find that "down the road" is actually upwards, and up is down. The name comes from the original belief that a strange electric or magnetic force was pulling vehicles uphill here. In reality it's just a clever and natural optical illusion, but fascinating nevertheless. Approach from the north side for the best effect.

[Stone at Electric Brae explaining the illusion]

Location & info

📌 Electric Brae ★★
On the A719 2 mi south of Dunure, G.R.: NS 254132 ///safe.outbursts.play
Always open | Free

[View up (or is it down?) the road from Electric Brae]


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