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Straiton village at Ayrshire Scotland: The Monument and Bennan Circuit - Oct 08.

This walk with The West of Scotland University Walkers was on Sunday 26th Oct 2008. After recent rain it was very wet underfoot.

This walk requires a strenuous climb. The end reward however is well worth the effort. You will appreciate the siting of the village above the flood plain. Your walk takes you through Traboyack Wood onto the bare hill slopes from which you can look down on the fine example of an 18th century gentleman minister's manse and also the Toll Cottage by the roadside at the southern end of the village. At the summit of Craigengower (the Hill of Goats in Gaelic) is the obelisk which is a monument to Lt Col James Hunter Blair killed at the Battle of Inkerman in 1854. If you look north on a clear day you will see Ben Lomond, the Arrochar Alps and Goat Fell on Arran and westwards Ailsa Craig. The trail then returns to the village along the edge of Bennan Wood.
Watch out for the children
Watch out for the children
Straiton monument & Bennan circuit route map
Straiton monument & Bennan circuit route map
The way back
The way back
High wind result
High wind result
Lots of rain result
Lots of rain result
This is the way
This is the way
The black aliens have landed
The black aliens have landed
On the slope
On the slope
Margaret, Judes & Malcolm stride out
Margaret, Judes & Malcolm stride out
Margaret & Gordon emerge into view
Margaret & Gordon emerge into view
The monument at last!
The monument at last!
Spark in the eye
Spark in the eye
Monument sit down
Monument sit down
Bleak outlook
Bleak outlook
Reason for the monument
Reason for the monument
Judes at the top and Straiton village
Judes at the top and Straiton village
The way down - washed out
The way down - washed out
The sunshine sets the mood
The sunshine sets the mood
Let there be colour!
Let there be colour!
Let there be more colour!
Let there be more colour!