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 Post subject: The Old and the New.
PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 11:36 am 
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This is a photo of Stirling Castle, one of the most
famous, and infamous, Castles in Scotland.

As I remember it, and as shown in Tourist Guides.

The top photo is as it is today.

How long before we see these Wind Turbines appear
in the Mournes.?


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 Post subject: Re: The Old and the New.
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 9:39 pm 
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A wee bit of poetic licence, methinks, DABarry. The upper photo is taken from the south, shows the old town in the foreground, the castle esplanade, and the main entrance to the castle. The backdrop is the Doune Braes wind farm, some 9 miles north. The defoliation of the trees suggests the photo was taken on a good winter's day or early Spring. The lower photo shows the castle from a western perspective with a backdrop of the lower slopes of the Ochil Hills, and taken from The King's Knot gardens below the castle when the trees were in full leaf.
The Great Hall of the castle can be seen in both photos as the brightly coloured building {only the rooftops of the hall can be seen in the lower photo}. Its restoration to its original colour was carried out during the 10 years preceeding the Millennium, during which time it was clothed in scaffolding and tarpaulins, and prior to which it was the same colour as the rest of the castle. Other than that it hasn't changed in outward appearance for many hundreds of years, although, being an army barracks, it has seen many internal changes over those years.
Its a magical place, being of great historical and strategic value, and well worth a visit if you're in Scotland.


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 1:24 am 
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Tony - such a lovely old Castle.
When I first saw these photos
I thought the top photo was
"Photo shopped"
The Turbines look weird in it.


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 2:06 pm 
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Forest wall - not so much poetic licence
as the only available photo which shows
the Castle and the Turbines.

Having lived and worked in Scotland, I had
the pleasure of visiting the Castle.
As you rightly say, it's a magical place,
steeped in History, and well worth visiting.

I used the Castle as a vehicle to highlight the
fact that the location is no barrier to getting
Planning approval for this desecration.

These Turbines stand over 400 feet high with
1,000 ton concrete bases covered over, to try
to blend in with their surroundings.!!

Inefficient at best, and subsidised by every
bill payer in the land.

Impressive pieces of engineering they are, and
particularly if you are standing underneath one,
but I don't want to see them in the Mournes.

Rant over.!!


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 2:25 pm 
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Popping up over here like mushrooms, people earning big money by renting farm land out to the windmill firms, down side is people not able to sell there houses because of the windmills built to close to homes. A fixed rate for Eco energy and we the tax payer pay the short fall like it are not through the Utilty bills Grrrrrr.


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I worked in Sterling some considerable years ago and what a lovely town and the people so friendly.I visited the castle while I was there and yes very interesting history,as already mentioned it's the head quarters of the Argyll and Sunderland regiment.I also visited Loch Lomond as it is only a short distance from the town.


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