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Loudoun Hill Monument - Darvel, East Ayrshire

The Monument to The Battle of Loudoun Hill, by Darvel, East Ayrshire, Scotland

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 Monument to The Battle of Loudoun Hill, by Darvel, East Ayrshire, Scotland

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.


The Monument to The Battle of Loudoun Hill, by Darvel, East Ayrshire, Scotland

From more overhead.

This view looking north with the car park on the right, up the hill.


The Monument to The Battle of Loudoun Hill, by Darvel, East Ayrshire, Scotland

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.



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