Photo-Essay ‘Scrabo’

On Saturday 1st October, I went for a walk up to Scrabo Tower, on the outskirts of Newtownards.  This landmark has towered over much of my life, living and working around the Ards area.  The tower was built in 1857, 540 ft above sea-level, as a memorial to the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, Viscount castlereagh, Charles Stewart.    The tower is situated in a country park, close to Scrabo Golf Club, and is approached by car only as far as the golf club entrance, then by foot up a steep path to the summit.  Thankfully, there are resting places on the ascent!

Being October, the road up to tower ran beside fields that had just been baled, – which provided my image of the day, and set the scene for my exploration of the towers surroundings.


I took with me two Nikon D610 cameras, one with a 35-120mm f/3.5 Nikkor lens, and the other with a 80-210 f/2.8 Nikkor.  Due to crowding around the tower I didn’t get a shot of the entry and the insciptions, but quite a few shots of the tower itself, its structure and surroundings.

As usual, it is good to look for alternative viewpoints, and little quirky images.  Here’s one or two in both categories…

Older images?  Here’s one or two I made earlier…

Comber Spuds. One of our local delicacies. Great with lashings of butter and salt!