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The strange optical illusion road in Scotland where cars appear to roll uphil


There is a very unique stretch of road in Scotland where cars appear to roll uphill due to an optical illusion—and many Scots have called the spot a "childhood" favourite.

A Scot has shared a photo of unique stretch of road where cars appear to roll uphill.

The Electric Brae, located in South Ayrshire, it is a stretch of road in which freewheeling vehiclesare apparently drawn uphill by a mysterious force - and it definitely needs to be seen to be believed.


For many years, it was unknown what caused the odd occurrence, with some believing it was due to electric or magnetic attraction, hence the name Electric Brae. In reality, the Brae is in fact a gravity hill—a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces an optical illusion.


One end of the road is 17 feet higher than the other, giving it a slight gradient. However, as a result of the way the nearby landscape slopes, the gradient of road appears to go in the opposite direction, which leads to the odd sight of cars rolling 'uphill'.


The illusion is so convincing that it has brought travellers far and wide over the years to see it for themselves. Among these was future US President Dwight D Eisenhower during the Second World War, at which time he was stationed at the nearby Culzean Castle.


Taking to Facebook, visitor Valerie Strawn shared an photo of a stone tablet that now marks the unlikely tourist destination. Since being uploaded, the post has received over 600 likes and more than 70 comments—with many keen to share their thoughts.


One wrote: "Tried it a few times, heard it was an optical illusion but it seemed real enough. Kids loved it."


A second posted: "Loved it as a kid. Must take my kids there."


"An integral part of my childhood," commented a third, while a fourth echoed: "Loved this as a kid. It was magic!"


If you want to see the strange phenomenon for yourself, the stretch of road runs the quarter mile from the bend overlooking Croy Railway Viaduct in the west to the wooded Craigencroy Glen in the east. The South Ayrshire Council has helpfully built a layby where travellers can stop and try it for themselves.

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