Loudon Hill, Ayrshire

Loudon Hill, Ayrshire, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Loudon Hill  in Ayrshire, a prominent geological feature on the local landscape which is positioned in a direct line south of Glasgow and just three miles from Darvel.

Here can be found subjects for a wide range of interests spanning, geology, flora, battles, Roman era and hiking.

Geology: The hill is a volcanic plug, the remains of one of  twenty volcanoes in the area which were active 340m-250m years ago. Agates can be found on the top.

Battles: Here and/or in close vicinity were fought three battles:

  • Battle of Loudon Hill, 1296 when William Wallace defeated the forces of Edward I.
  • Battle of Loudon Hill, 1307 when the forces of Robert the Bruce defeated an English force under Aymer de Valance.
  • Battle of Drumclog, 1679 when Covenanter forces defeated a Royalist army under Claverhouse.

A sculpture has been erected in recognition of  William Wallace’s involvement in the Wars of Independence. This is named ” Spirit of Scotland” and is the work of Richard Price, 2004.

Spirit of Scotland Sculpture, Loudon Hill

Spirit of Scotland Sculpture, Loudon Hill, Scotland

Roman Era: A fort was built here which was in operation betwen AD 79 and AD160. It has since been substantially destroyed due to aggregate quarrying.

Hiking: Close to the hill runs a pathway which is part of  a 35 mile long route around the Irvine Valley. It is possible to reach the top of the hill ( 316m or 1037 ft.) and benefit from wide ranging views  over Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.

View from Loudon Hill, Ayrshire

View from Loudon Hill, Ayrshire, Scotland

Recreation: A purpose built picnic spot has been constructed at a location which offers superb views towards the hill and the local landscape.

Wild Violet, Loudon Hill

Wild Violet, Loudon Hill, Scotland

Flora and landscape at Loudon Hill

Flora and landscape at Loudon Hill, Ayrshire

Relaxation at Loudon Hill

Relaxation at Loudon Hill, Ayrshire

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