Wild violets at Loudon Hill, Scotland

This evening, I am reporting on today’s small group hike around the Irvine Valley and Loudon Hill  in Ayrshire, S.W. Scotland a prominent geological feature on the local landscape which is positioned in a direct line south of Glasgow and just three miles from Darvel.

Although cold and windy, the weather remained dry with reasonable visibility.

This area can satisfy 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.

Roman Era: A fort was built here which was in operation between 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.

Ancient bridge over River Irvine, Scotland

Spirit of Scotland Sculpture

Loudon Hill and landscape

View from Loudon Hill summit

Ascending Loudon Hill, Ayrshire

Happy hikers at Loudon Hill, Scotland

Traffic hazard

Walking the walk

Ayrshire landscape with sheep and lambs

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