Standing 540 feet (160 m) above sea level and 125 feet (38 m) high, Scrabo Tower is located to the west of Newtownards in County Down.
The landmark, which is visible from most of north Down, was built above Newtownards 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 tower houses two floors of displays and a climb of 122 steps gives visitors access to an open viewing level. In April 2014, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency said that the tower had suffered “serious water ingress”, which had damaged the electricity supply, and citing concerns for visitor safety, advised that the tower would close to visitors. However, as of August 2014, the tower has been open to visitors.
Scrabo Country Park, in which the tower stands is also open to the public, and has several woodland walks and parkland through Killynether Wood. The view from the hill extends across Strangford Lough.
The tower on a beautiful Autumn morning.
One of the old stone monuments in the surrounding woodland.
From a distance.
An ancient stone. Part of the rocks the tower stands on.
Two men chat below the iconic tower. The town of Newtownards in the distance.