The Electric Brae

Electruc Brae Head Stone

The Electric Brae is located on the coastal road from Girvan to Ayr, just 1m south of Dunure in rural Scotland. Also sometimes known as Croy Brae, it is a well known scenic stretch of road where the configuration of the land gives the impression that a vehicle can freewheel uphill. The land on either side of the road creates an optical illusion so it looks as if the slope is going the other way. There is a past belief that an electric or magnetic forcefield was the cause of this bizarre phenomenon.

“The brae was much enjoyed by US personnel serving at Prestwick Airport from the Forties on. New arrivals from across the Atlantic were rushed to see it at the first opportunity, and if dollars could have bought it, we would have lost it by now. General Eisenhower was most intrigued by the brae and brought visitors to see it from his flat at Culzean. At one time, Ayr County Council was receiving so many enquiries that it issued a special descriptive leaflet. Behind the apparently magical effects, science has a simple and prosaic explanation for the phenomenon, and it has nothing to do with electricity or unknown forces working along mysterious lines.”

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Electric Brae Road Sign

The following recommended instructions for experiencing the phenomenon.

WARNING. You are on a public road! Obey all traffic signs and rules. Where there are hills there are blind spots. Always bring someone to watch for other trafficNever try the hill when the road is wet and slippery or during inclement winter weather conditions.

Place the car in neutral, release the brakes and watch the car roll uphill!

After trying this natural phenomenon you may question it’s causes. Well, we don’t want to disappoint you, but whether it is called a Magnetic Hill, Gravity Hill, Mystery Hill or Electric Brae it is an optical illusion. It has nothing to do with magnetic fields, electricity or unknown forces working along mysterious lines.

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