Sunday, September 17, 2006

Banking on it?

Today's picture is of a man-made feature in the town of Troon. Ballast Bank was constructed at this headland on the orders of the Duke of Portland, between 1840 and 1865, as a protective barrier for the harbour behind it. The development of the harbour by the Duke helped to establish the town of Troon.

It gets the name Ballast Bank since it used the ballast from cargo boats as well as the material from the docks which were also being constructed at that time.

It's a favourite walk for many and gives excellent views over the Firth of Clyde.

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