Re posting this originally done31 8 09 on the defunct Spaces site.
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Scrabo Tower (Irish: Túr Scrabo) is located to the west of Newtownards in County Down, Northern Ireland.
The landmark, which is visible from most of north Down, was built on a volcanic plug above the town in 1857 as a memorial to Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry who was one of the Duke of Wellington's generals during the Napoleonic Wars. The 3rd Marquis, or "Warring Charlie" as he was also known, inherited the title and family seat of Mount Stewart after his brother, the 2nd Marquis, committed suicide. The 2nd Marquis is better known as Viscount Castlereagh who served a term as Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
The tower was built to designs attributed to Charles Lanyon and WH Lynn, and now stands in a country park. The park has several woodland walks and parkland through Killynether Wood. The view from the hill and the summit of the tower extends across Strangford Lough, scattered with its many islands, to the Mountains of Mourne and the Scottish coast. The tower houses two floors of displays and a climb of 122 steps takes the visitor to the open viewing level. Scrabo Country Park is always open, admission to the park and the tower is free.
Scrabo Golf Club is looked down on by Scrabo Tower and the tower overlooks most of the course.
Standing on the headland top,
Tall, Brooding and alone,
Made of dark weather beaten stone,
A sentinel of Earth, Sea,and Sky.
Often draped with gauzy veils of cloud
Or covered in fogs thick blanket.
Caressed by moonbeams silvery light.
Hugged by the sun's warm light
What hidden secrets do you know,
What wondrous tales could you tell
What is the mystery hidden their
For that is what I yearn to know
That is Strabo Tower on a nice day, but on a dark winters day it completely changes its character
The quote from the poem by Robert Browning " Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came" really seems to apply
to it. Then you see it properly in its Brooding Majesty