Altizourie to Straiton

We travelled to the Riverside Inn where we had our morning stop for tea & scones. We then headed to Altizourie Farm just a few miles outside the lovely village of Straiton in Ayrshire, and started our walk from there.
We headed up into the hills skirting the Scienteuck Moor Plantation, from here we had wonderful views over the Ayrshire countryside. We eventually came to the village of Straiton, which houses the lovely 13th centruy St Cuthbert's Church, we headed through the village past the school to head for the path to take us up to Traboyack Wood, then onto Craigengower Hill (the hill of the Goats in Gaelic). We then had a steep climb to the top of the hill to the obelisk, a monument to Lt. Col. James Hunter Blair mortally wounded at the Battle of Inkerman in 1854, the monument was erected by his friends and family in 1856. Our lunch stop was at the top of Craigengower Hill.
After lunch we headed down the hill to cross the river, we then headed for the wood skirting Bennan Hill, we walked through the wood, all the time having great views of the hill we had just climbed and eventually we returned to Straiton.
We were very lucky, our weather today was mostly dry, only one small shower. the length of the walk was just over 8 miles.
After the walk we headed back to the Riverside Inn for our social stop.
Another great day out.

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