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.

Five RAW images, individually Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro then PhotoMerged in Adobe Elements.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm


Featured in : Nature’s Paintbrush : 16 Jan 13

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


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  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 1 year ago

    Lovely green vista. The people in the foreground helps give us a feel for the size of the hill and the distances.

  • Thank you kindly Kasia …

    – Tom Gomez

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much Lorilee …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 1 year ago

    How grand! Makes me think of The Hobbit, just saw it last night, with the wide sweeping expanses of space and that old magnificent mountains! Yep, I know the movie was shot in NZ but there is a resemblance!

  • Thank you so much Joanne, Scotland has some really rugged mountains, but nothing on the scale of NZ …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    WONDERFUL capture…love all the greenery Tom

  • Thank you kindly Larry …

    – Tom Gomez

  • GeorgiaPoetry
    GeorgiaPoetryover 1 year ago

    Wonderful colors

  • Thank you so much Georgia …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 1 year ago

    Awesome capture, Tom,,,I barely noticed the people in the f/g,,they’re so small compared to the hill!

  • Very much appreciated Dlouise …

    – Tom Gomez

  • GerryMac
    GerryMacover 1 year ago

    beautiful capture Tom!

  • Very much appreciated Gerry …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 1 year ago

    loving this – wonderful pic tom !

  • Thank you kindly Dean …

    – Tom Gomez

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago


  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoover 1 year ago

    Tom, Beautifully composed with wonderful light.

  • Thank you so much …

    – Tom Gomez

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