Electric Brae Gravity Hill Scotland

magnetic hill

Vortex Type: Magnetic, Gravity

Note: The image above is not from this location

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.

WARNING. Obey all traffic signs and rules. Watch for blind spots. Never test a gravity or magnetic hill alone. Always bring someone to watch for other traffic.

A gravity hill, also known as a magnetic hill, mystery hill, electric brae, or gravity road, is a place where a car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill against gravity. There are hundreds of recognized gravity hills around the world.

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 Metal road signs that used to mark the place have tended to be taken by visitors, and have been replaced by a stone inscribed with an explanation of the phenomenon.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

Resources

Google Maps

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?