The view looking North from the top of Cairnpapple Hill in West Lothian, Scotland over the River Forth to the Kingdom of Fife. At 310m or just over 1000ft in height the hill offers one of the best viewpoints in central Scotland.
Cairnpapple Hill is situated in the Hilderston Hills within the western range of the Bathgate Hills in the parish of Torphichen, West Lothian, in south-east Scotland. Cairnpapple Hill also contains one of the most significant prehistoric monuments in Scotland (look here).
On the right you can see Cockleroy Hill, a conspicuous crag-and-tail rising steeply from the west to a height of 278m (912 feet) in the northwest of Beecraigs Country Park, 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Torphichen and a similar distance south southwest of Linlithgow.
In the distance, on the left of the shot on the north shore of the River can be seen the 183 m (600 feet) chimney stack of Longannet coal-fired power station. Longannet is on the shore of the upper Firth of Forth near Kincardine on Forth, Fife, Scotland. It is the most powerful generating station in Scotland.
When constructed it was the largest and most powerful coal-fired station in Europe, and it is now the third largest, after Bełchatów in Poland and Drax in Yorkshire, England. It is a regional landmark, dominating the Forth skyline. Like most other power stations in Scotland it lacks cooling towers, relying instead on river water as a coolant.
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
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