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Loudoun Hill, a 316 m (1,037 ft) volcanic plug in the Irvine Valley, near Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland.

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


Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Tom great view :-)

  • Thank you kindly Trudi …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Nice colors Tom

  • Always appreciated Larry …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in the group,we hope you will now consider adding it to our Featured Only Avatar Challenge

  • Thank you Trudi, I am honoured. Heading over to the Challenge now …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 3 years ago

    Great view, Tom! Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you dear Barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 3 years ago

    Sorry but could you speak up Tom your not very Loudoun!
    Superb vista Tom, reminds me of a spot very near Haddington! :o)

  • Cheers my friend, it is a super place to visit and you can climb all the way to the top …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 3 years ago

    A wonderful view Tom, with great depth and colour. Interesting history as well.

  • Thank you so much Christine, Scotland has an amazing and turbulent history …

    – Tom Gomez

  • JustOneClick
    JustOneClickover 3 years ago

    stunning work tom

  • Cheers Steve …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 3 years ago

    Lovely composition and light Tom, what a grea view!!

  • Cheers Shaun, the hill is very accessible and makes a great day out …

    – Tom Gomez

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 3 years ago

    Great shot Tom.

  • Thank you so much dear Jacqui …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 3 years ago

    Wonderful scene Tom

  • Thank you kindly dear Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

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