Electric Brae Gravity Hill Scotland

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The top and bottom of the Electric Brae" by Stephen Corry – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Electric Brae is a gravity hill in Ayrshire, Scotland, where a freewheeling vehicle will appear to be drawn uphill by some mysterious attraction. The Lowland Scots word brae means a hill-slope or brow (with which it is cognate), and the electric name was given when electricity was a new technology associated with strange forces.

There is more than one stretch of road known as the Electric Brae, but the most famous is on the A719, south of Dunure, not far from Ayr, between Drumshrang and Knoweside. Although the road appears to be running uphill, a suitably free-running vehicle will slowly move off from a standstill. It was widely believed that vehicles were being propelled uphill by a mysterious magnetic force, but the road’s apparently uphill slope is an optical illusion. Metal road signs that used to mark the place have tended to be taken by visitors, and have been replaced by a stone inscribed with an explanation of the phenomenon. – Wikipedia

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Undiscovered Scotland

Scottish fact of the week: The Electric Brae

Electric Brae Gravity Hill Illusion

Electric Brae, Ayrshire

car rolling uphill at the electric brae

Optical Illusions – What Is An Electric Brae?

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Posted: February 11, 2017

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