Loudoun Hill Monument
by Darvel, East Ayrshire
The “Spirit of Scotland” by Richard Price is tucked under the hill, below a side road.
The marker is a 16 foot high arch 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 inscriptions round the frame of the arch can be read on a later page.
The second version with the mistier light is preferred, but both are offered to
let you decide for yourself.
This is 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
Here are the three inscriptions:
“ Thou saw’st the strong arm of a Wallace raised to stem the tide of alien tyranny”
“ The Knyght Fenwick that cruel was and keen he had at death of Wallace’s father been”
“ At Wallace nam what Scottish blood but boils up in a spring tide flood”
The last two are seemingly from literature of Wallace’s time
Looking back the other way (north) to show the monument, the path allowing easy access and the
free car park on the hill above the site.
The location (car park) is a half mile (850 metres) along a side road just north of the A71 three miles or so
east of Darvel on the eastern side of Loudoun Hill.
Loudoun Hill is visible from many miles away so this is not really a hard place to find.