Walking & Cycling

Lady Hunter Blair's Walk

Car park by playing field, B7045, Straiton, KA19 7NE

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A short circuit of a beautiful wooded glen featuring dramatic waterfalls and native trees.

Start: Car park by playing field, B7045 Straiton KA19 7NE
End: Car park by playing field, B7045 Straiton KA19 7NE
Distance: 2 miles (3.25km)

Download Map: http://www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk/walkstraiton.htm  (Created by Ayrshire Paths) (Green path on map)

Lady Hunter Blair's Walk at Straiton. The route takes you either to the village or to the Fowler's Croft Development on to the Dalmellington Road. The Development gained an award for architectural design in 1984 from the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland. Just beyond Sclenteuch Bridge the path is now inside the hedge leading up to Lambdoughty Glen with its hard woods and conifers, most attractive in the autumn with its noisy waterfalls, one of which is known as Rossetti Linn because Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) was thought to be contemplating suicide there according to his friend William Bell Scott who had been staying at Penkill Castle the home of Alice Boyd and a retreat for Pre-Raphaelite poets and painters. Straiton Primary School's Pupil Council spent money given to them under the 'Determined to Succeed' initiative to add four wood sculptures to this walk. See if you can spot them. They're all creatures you can find in our area. Footbridges cross the burn at the lower and upper ends of the gorge. Primroses and bluebells flourish on the banks. Roe deer may be encountered; hawks and finches seen. Largs Farm was the home of Thomas McHaffie the Covenanting martyr shot by the dragoons in 1686 after a brief trial near Linfern Farm. In the churchyard stands a memorial with its poignant verses near the west door. The earliest reference to the history of Straiton is the Genoch Cup found at the farm in 1878 and relates to a Bronze Age cemetery near Tairlaw Bridge 3000 years ago. Of more recent times is a connection with Robert Burns befriended by Sir James Hunter Blair, Lord Provost of Edinburgh when the Ayrshire poet was visiting the city. On his patron's death Scotland's national poet wrote an elaborate elegy and, though he decried the quality of the verse, he claimed that the sentiment was sincere.

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