The hill stands above moorland, and commands 360 degree views. On clear days the coast, 15 km away, and the Isle of Arran beyond, are visible.
Loudoun Hill has long been a site of human occupation. An iron age settlement is located at the foot of the south east slope. Nearby at Allanton Beg a Roman fort was built. The former Darvel and Strathaven Railway passed the hill, crossing a viaduct whose piers still stand, although the bridge itself was removed as unsafe in 1986.
On the left of the shot, the monument to William Wallace (see the image below) stands on the Wallace Path which leads to Loudoun Hill.
Called the Spirit of Scotland, it shows an outline of Wallace in steel, five metres high. It was designed and created by local artist Richard Price, and dedicated in September 2004.
An etched inscription on the five metre high structure reads: Thou saw’st the strong arm of a Wallace raised to stem the tide of alien tyranny.
The steel structure is covered in hand forged surface decorations, each telling an aspect of Wallace’s tale.
Two RAW images, individually Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.0.2 then PhotoMerged in Adobe Elements 8.
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm
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