Hiking in North Ayrshire Woodlands

Hiking in North Ayrshire Woodlands

This evening, I am posting information on today’ small group hike in North Ayrshire, entailing a seven mile route from the town of  Kilwinning to Eglinton Country Park. Location is about twenty-one miles south of Glasgow in the west of Scotland.

Benefiting from favourable weather, the hikers encountered:

  • Rivers.
  • Autumnal woodland scenes.
  • A ruined castle connected with the Montgomery Clan.
  • A Doo’cot (pigeon-house used as food source in days past).
  • An Ice House (early form of refrigeration).
  • North Ayrshire landscapes.
  • Extensive woodlands.
  • Restored elaborate bridge.
Woodland, North Ayrshire.

Woodland, North Ayrshire.

River Garnock at Kilwinning, Scotland

River Garnock at Kilwinning, Scotland

Landscape view, North Ayrshire, Scotland.

Landscape view, North Ayrshire, Scotland.

Doo'cot (Dovecote or Pigeon House)

Doo’cot (Dovecote or Pigeon House)

Ice House

Ice House

Hikers rest

Hikers rest

Remains of Eglinton Castle

Remains of Eglinton Castle

Riparian hiking route., North Ayrshire

Riparian hiking route., North Ayrshire

Eglinton Tournament Bridge

Eglinton Tournament Bridge

North Ayrshire Hiking Trail

North Ayrshire Hiking Trail

Information on Eglinton Castle

The property was built in Gothic, castellated style by the wealthy Earls of Eglinton (Montgomery) family between 1797 and 1802. In 1839 the 13th Earl hosted a grossly extravagant-and financially draining- mock medieval tournament in the adjacent grounds.

During the 20th century the Montgomeries wealth deteriorated to the extent that the castle was abandoned in 1925. The building suffered further ignominy during WW2 in being used by the Army for munitions practice.

The remaining masonry represents but a shadow of the mansion at its peak. Nevertheless it sits in a park open to the public; a pleasant enough spot with special affection for members of Clan Montgomery. This video clip  affords a useful perspective of the site.

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