Loudoun Hill Monument - Darvel, East Ayrshire
The “Spirit of Scotland” by Richard Price is tucked under Loudoun Hill,
below a side road and with fairly poor signage so it's hardly surprising that very few
people know about this site.
The marker is a 16 foot high (5 metre) arch near the bottom of the picture and is
near the spot where Wallace defeated a few of the English army by dropping rocks
on them from the hills along both sides of the upper reaches of the River Irvine,
the stream in the valley.
The Loudounhill Inn on the A71 a few miles east of Darvel can be seen in the
top right of the photo.
The second version with the mistier light is preferred.
Both versions are offered to let you decide for yourself.
It's not an ideal site to photograph but from these angles you can see the length
of the valley where the battle took place on a misty morning with the monument
in the same picture, which is virtually impossible from ground level.
From more overhead.
This view looking north with the car park on the right, up the hill.
North again but further back.
The car park on the right has no view of the monument. You need to
walk a hundred yards or so down the hill to get to it. It's not ideal for
the less mobile or wheelchair users.