The Barnweil Tower - South Ayrshire
The Barnweil Monument (Wallace Tower) near Symington in Ayrshire.
This view is looking north towards Symington.
Sadly the tower is no longer open to the public due mostly to the radio masts on the roof and
the associated risk of danger from the electricity supply. Still, who cares about history
and heritage as long as someone's making some money renting the access.
This was built in 1855 and paid for either by subscription or by the local landowner, depending on
which source is accurate.
It's a monument to Sir William Wallace who is reputed to have stood on this spot as he watched
Edward Longshanks' stables burning at Ayr, not many miles away on the coast.
He's supposed to have said “These English, they barn weil.”
It translates as “burn well”.
He didn't of course, for a whole bunch of reasons, but it makes a good story.