Explore #5 of the ‘North of The Wall’ Tour
After a very comfortable night’s sleep wild camping on the Ayrshire coast, we packed up our tents and made our way to this slice of decaying industrial goodness…
The power station was built post war during the 1950s to provide power to the ICI Nobel chemicals plant, with a stated output capacity of 16MW from two Bruce Peebles and Co steam-powered turbines. The station closed in the early 2000s, and has fallen into decay ever since.
What a fantastic way to start the day! The sun was shining, and we spent a very happy couple of hours nosing around the power station itself, before Tim and I launched our drones for some cool aerial perspectives…
We started off with these three gorgeous combustion boilers, manufactured by NEI International Combustion Ltd…
…moving on to the turbine hall. Sadly one of the turbines had been removed from its plinth, and the other one (unit 1) was stripped.
The remains of the first turbine…
The turbine control panel and synchromesh…
I couldn’t resist taking a few more shots of those overgrown combustion boilers…
Side view of the remains of turbine 1 – the governor valves can be seen on the right side of the shot.
Thanks for powering on through.
Nice stuff Adam. Although shame about some of the grafitti.
What drone are you using these days?
Thanks Antony – these were taken with the Mavic Pro (mark 1), but I upgraded to the M2P last October. Such a fantastic piece of kit!
Visited here recently on my bike but couldn’t see an obvious way in to the Power Station’s Interior where you took those amazing shots.
How do you get inside?
Thanks – it was a case of scouring the perimeter of the building to find a way. Was easy enough when we went, but I suppose it’s possible that it’s been sealed since, but unlikely. Worth another look if your nearby again!
Thanks, I will do next time it’s sunny with my Canon 5D MkIII and Mavic 2 Pro!
Same kit as me!
Great kit isn’t it?
Heavy in backpack on Fat Bike though cycling down from the A78 turn off.
Fat Bike just loved busting down the sand dunes, made for it-yahoo!!
Paid a visit today, Seems they’ve sealed the interior. Looked like there was a way in through a hole in the wall but didn’t look easy and with workies onsite didn’t seem like a great idea. Probs will have to pay a visit another time see if i can get in.