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A77 - a maze in a lay-by - South Ayrshire

A lay-by on the A77 south of Kirkoswald, above Turnberry, complete with a maze.

A lay-by on the A77 above Turnberry, complete with a maze.

An odd one this. You're looking northwards and down onto a lay-by on the A77 south of Kirkoswald, on the hill above Turnberry, complete with a maze.

It's not signposted or indicated from anywhere on the main road - other than as a parking area - and in any case it can only be entered while driving south.

As it's totally hidden from the main road thousands of people must pass it every week and never know it's there.

Dunure Maze, South Ayrshire, Scotland

Another similar pattern can be seen close to Dunure Castle.

This is the maze - labyrinth - next to Dunure Castle on the Ayrshire coast a few miles away from the above photo. As you can see it's exactly the same pattern.

It seems to be a classical design which some sources suggest goes back to Crete in around 1,600 B.C. or, to put it another way, over three and a half thousand years ago. It's not new, is the point here.

The scale of this photo is a little hard to see but the information sign at the bottom right of the picture is about three feet or a metre wide so as you can see there's just enough room for one person at a time to follow the path from the entrance to the centre.

Or if in a hurry or maybe a bad mood just step over the rocks?

We have little doubt that someone, somewhere gives the pattern spiritual or mystical significance. Tree of life? Fertility? Magical healing?

More likely it's just a nice shape, a convenient size and easy to copy.

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