Day 200: West Kilbride to Largs – Reactor & Coal

Ayrshire, Scotland


Portencross Castle gave me a blissful and with the recently restored roof, unexpected respite from the rain and wind. Ayrshire, Scotland.

Shore Cottage, Portencross, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Hunterston B nuclear power station I, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Hunterston A nuclear power station, decommissioned 1990, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Hunterston B nuclear power station II, Ayrshire, Scotland.

The tower on Hunterston National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility.

Gantry Cranes at Hunterston coal-handling Terminal, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Overhead coal conveyor that connects Hunterston Terminal with the rail line. The system is capable of an unloading rate of 2,800 tonnes of coal per hour. Ayrshire, Scotland.

Overhead coal conveyor, Hunterston Terminal, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Yacht Cradles, Largs Marina, Ayrshire, Scotland.

This must be the fabled Scottish sense of humour.

The relentless rain of the previous days killed the autofocus of the supposedly waterproof camera (Canon EOS 5Dsr) on the approach to Largs. This is trying, unsuccessfully, to dry everything out in a cafe. Fortunately, I’m staying in a B&B for this section so, unable to take any more pictures, I decide to cut the day short and try and dry the camera out overnight.

It worked! The camera functioned again after drying above a radiator overnight with the ports and lens cap open. Lucky I wasn’t camping when this happened. I won’t be so trusting of the weatherproofing on this camera next time. I had a more serious version of this issue with a previous camera (Canon EOS 6D) back in Southampton.

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4 thoughts on “Day 200: West Kilbride to Largs – Reactor & Coal”

  1. Catriona says:

    So much decaying industry! Did you spot the pod of killer whales – orcas – that have been seen lurking in the Firth of Clyde recently?

    • I saw those on the news – amazing. No, I didn’t, these photos are posted a couple of weeks after I was there to give me time to edit them.

  2. Joseph Proskauer says:

    Structures who stand between Windward and Lee,
    Order and Chaos, Static and Free,
    Taking and Giving, To Have and To Be,
    transfiguring Bounties of Earth, Air, and Sea,
    revealing that Matters are Light Energy
    clothed in Life, Death and Darkness – quite like You and Me . . .

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