Robert Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland, 1976. Barr Castle is now a well-maintained museum containing many local artefacts. Upon his arrival at the scene the covenanting rebels fought back and Claverhouse and his men were soundly defeated in a battle which was both bloody and humiliating for Claverhouse who was forced to flee. Wild irises bank this woodland stretch in early summer. He would keep the initiative and prevent the enemy from bringing his superior strength to bear.
He then slipped through the gap in the enemy ring, passing through the moors by Dalmellington to Muirkirk, appearing in the north of Ayrshire in early May, where his army was strengthened by fresh recruits. Catrine Voes Catrine Voes are the reservoir of the former cotton mills in Catrine. Thomas and Alexander's little army of Irish and Islemen was destroyed, and they were sent as captives to Carlisle, where they were later executed on the orders of. These harder rocks are of a type known as 'trachyte', formed within a 300-million-year-old volcano. Branch right at Vesuvius and follow the tree lined riverside path past the Strath Mill, entering a woodland strip past Barrmill and reaching Galson at the Public Recreation Park.
I do believe that you would be hard pushed to find a nicer disused railway walk in Scotland! The Battle of Drumclog In the summer of 1679 a large conventicle was held at Loudoun Hill. This small bump in our Scottish landscape is around 316m 1,037 ft high. A very slight ploughed- down scarp was all that could be made out of part of the inner S side of the annexe. It is envisaged that the meadow will further enhance the spectacular views of the hill and the sculpture, as well as being highly beneficial to biodiversity. Follow the obvious path and waymarkers as appropriate and follow the guidance of local farmers and rangers who often introduce temporary diversions.
Cross the stile into the field and head straight across to the fence at the other side — look out for another stile marked by a tall wooden post with the remains of a white plastic sign on top. This claim is largely disputed by historians, with the real being fought between the Scottish forces of and the English forces of on May 10, 1307. Return of the King When he reappeared in February 1307 he was set to take his greatest gamble. A stone at the top of the hill commemorates the first major military victory of King Robert I the Bruce. Diamond Jubilee Site Improvements On behalf of Darvel Community Council, and working with Neil McKenna from East Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Woodlands have been upgrading the site in time for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the 4th June.
The route dips down towards the Target Wood where you can spend some time at the bird watchers hide and admire panoramic views of The Burn Anne which are not so easily accessible on foot. It was these roads which were commonly used by the English to move troops; it was along a Roman road that the English marched to reach. From the island of in the Firth of Clyde he crossed to his own of , in Ayrshire, landing near , where he knew the local people would be sympathetic, but where all the strongholds were held by the English. After part of the site had been levelled, a permanent fort, measuring about 260ft by 475ft within the ramparts, was laid out and equipped with timber buildings. Bruce considered this, and took it as an encouragement that he, too, should continue to persevere regardless of seemingly hopeless circumstances, and he later came out of hiding. Pass through the gate and follow the farm tracks across the field and alongside a row of arching trees. This was in no small part due to its strategic importance.
We walked it as recently as May as part of the Valley Walkfest and the vegetation growth at that time was very low and we passed along the trail easily. This is reputed to have been the site of one of his earliest altercations with the King's men, when he killed two members of a five-strong patrol who had demanded his catch of fish. At Glen Trool in Galloway, Robert ambushed a band of English forces led by John Mowbray, charging down the glen's steep sides and incurring heavy losses. Do you fancy walking up a hill with mummy today? You can scroll the map right and left to view the extent of the Irvine Valley Trails. It is among the ten most important cup and ring sites in Britain. Loudoun Hill is a volcanic plug near Darvel, East Ayrshire, Scotland. A section through the fort ditches and annexe rampart was exposed.
Tread the old Lime Road and imagine the many disputes that took place between the local townspeople and the Loudoun family regarding access in the 1880s. If this Elderslie existed, it is now lost. This road heads uphill through the remains of a railway bridge before a footpath is apparent on the right. A year before, campaign looked lost after his defeat at the Battle of Methven near Perth. The sculpture called 'Spirit of Scotland' was created by local artist Richard Price and was erected in 2004.
Follow a grassy path as it zig zags uphill, emerging onto a flat area of grass and then a wide farm track. There are two route options that I know of and both are described below. The site was planted in 1998. An early reference to an Elderslie near Kilmarnock supposedly appeared in the notebooks written by the map maker Timothy Pont in the 1590s. Coordinates: This page uses content from. All that can be seen on the east side is spoil with well established grass growing upon it; there is now no evidence of any early structures. This was the ancestral home of the Boyds, one of whom was with Wallace at the ambush at Loudoun Hill and also at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
It was the site of the , fought there in 1307. Cross the style and follow the old railway for approx 2. Evidence of this lies in the remains of an iron age settlement located at the foot of the south east slope. We crossed the bridge to the other side where the grass was greener and made our way up the hill. John Barbour's chronicle describes the battle as follows: The king's men met them at the dyke So stoutly that the most warlike And strongest of them fell to the ground. After passing the boulder field start to veer right across the grass to meet up with a faint path down to a wooden footbridge across the River Irvine. Stage 4 Continue along the grassy path through an area dotted with iron slag - the by-product of iron smelting.