I saw this recently on the BBC TV programme Secret Britain, and was curious to see if it was visible in Google Earth. It is!
Possibly the largest outdoor relief map in the world, this map was the idea of the Polish owner of the nearby Black Barony (later the Barony Castle) hotel. Jan Tomasik had been stationed in Scotland during the second world war. He married a Scottish nurse and stayed on in Scotland. His commanding officer, General Stanislav Maczek, also stayed in Scotland and may have had some input.
The map was constructed during the 1970s, mainly by Polish students. It was at a scale of 1:10,000 and had a x5 vertical exaggeration. The basin would have been filled with water to represent the rivers, lochs and seas. Some repair work was undertaken in 1981, but the hotel closed in 1985, and the map fell into disrepair and became overgrown.
In 2010 a group of volunteers formed "Mapa Scotland" with the aim of restoring the map. The map now has listed status.
No lock, not Portillo, it was a spin off from Country File. They only did three episodes, but it was interesting stuff. You may be able to watch it on iPlayer, not sure. Looking again, I see it says it was series 2, I don't remember a first series!
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than look down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. - G K Chesterton
The "castle" would appear to be under new Management >>> Mercure Peebles Barony Castle Hotel As Noisette noted, the map is readily visible in GE. Sadly the hotel website makes no mention of the map that I can see.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility, But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Disguise fair nature with hard-favored rage; Then lend the eye a terrible aspect: FUAS! :/
"Incidentally, I tried to locate this post with a forum search, first with "Polish map of Scotland," then "map of Scotland," and then finally "Scottland," but none of those searches found this thread. "
I just tried a search and it took me right there. Hmmmm...
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KitsuneFox: syzygy - posts I have made here do not receive much attention. I may do a detailed writeup of the now lost Edgemont Park in PA, one of the first electrified trolley parks in the world, but still debating. I'm missing 1 key bit of information.
Aug 17, 2021 10:38:20 GMT
syzygy: BRUTAL! Cars as if were matchboxes in a model town... Brilliant infos you share here in shoutbox - why not you post these?
Aug 16, 2021 17:36:00 GMT
KitsuneFox: In the early morning, before sunrise, of Augusts 11th, 12th, and 13th is reported to be the best viewing time for the Perseids meteor shower.
Aug 10, 2021 10:32:11 GMT
KitsuneFox: Davidson Seamount is the tallest known fully underwater mountain in the world, measuring 7,480 feet base to peak.
Aug 5, 2021 0:02:27 GMT
syzygy: ...and about other hills and humps... stone cold wisdom! ( :
Jul 28, 2021 14:13:17 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Wycheproof in Australia is the shortest recognized mountain on the world. It stands at 141 feet base to peak. A mineral named 'Wycheproofite' is mined near the location, and is the only known place it's found.
Jul 28, 2021 10:13:47 GMT
syzygy: Cool! Great extra info series about "all stars" highest mountains on Earth!
Jul 22, 2021 6:25:22 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured from the center of the planet. The peak is over 6,800 feet further away than Mount Everest, and is the closest land on earth to outer space.
Jul 22, 2021 0:13:35 GMT
SpiderX22: Big news in the Aircraft in Flight database (in Transportation) -> HUGE changes. Thanks RaveyThirteen for your post -> will be changing ownership of the collection (hopefully for me lol) -> look forward to this!
Jul 20, 2021 21:02:26 GMT