Drone Footage: Dundonald Castle and Laigh Milton Viaduct

Some great footage taken from Dundonald Castle in Ayrshire. Beside the castle is a trail that runs right through to Loans (close to Troon). This is a great trail for walking and has some interesting history behind it. The trail has coined the name ‘The Smugglers Trail’ as this trail was used as a 18th century smuggling trade route. This was so successful that the Loans Smuggling Company was the most successful in Scotland.

The Castle itself is situated on a hill overlooking the village of Dundonald. Dundonald Castle is a fortified tower house built for Robert II on his accession to the throne of Scotland in 1371. The footage focuses at the rear of the castle which was the site of the west entrance constructed in the 13th century. This elevation was originally flanked by two towers, more detail of which you can view in the video.

The second Drone video is of the Laigh Milton Viaduct. Laigh Milton Viaduct is a railway viaduct near Laigh Milton mill to the west of Gatehead in Ayrshire. It is claimed to be the world’s earliest surviving railway viaduct on a public railway. It started its life with a horse drawn plateway in 1812 spanning between Kilmarnock and Troon, later introducing locomotive traction.

The video also shows the Laigh Milton Mill which was constructed in 1830 on the site of a much earlier mill. Laigh Milton was still a functioning mill during the Second World War. It was a restaurant and wedding venue from 1988 and in 2005 there were plans to convert the building into flatted accommodation. This fell through and the building has since fallen into disrepair.

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