Monday, January 12, 2009

Old hydro electric at Wemyss Bay

Divers helmet in Seafront Cafe Wemyss Bay

My son borrowed the car for the week end to go off with his pals to Sky, that together with a couple of wet and windy days severly restricted my gallivanting.
The disruption continued today, we had to pick up the car at Gourock where he'd dropped it off on route to his work (its a long story) so we decided to have a short walk up behind Skelmorlie to break up the day and make use the nice weather.
To our delight (well mine at least) we discovered the ruin of his lordships (Kelly I think) hydro scheme, one of the first on the west coast (according to a local we asked) no doubt servicing the big house with electric lighting.
We followed the lade from the hydro site up the bank of the burn to the ruined dam, a lovely spot with some nice little waterfalls (nice spot if you ignore the fire and booze debris).
The path continues on but got too overgrown for easy progress so we turned back and made our way down the Kelly gorge to Wemyss bay and the Seafront Cafe for a bit of the usual coffee and cake before climbing back uphill to the car and pickup run around.
All in all it turned out quite a nice unplanned outing and to make the trip even nicer we were treated to a lovely sunset on the way back down the road home.

Managed a few photos view them here.


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