Ballochmyle Viaduct

[Ballochmyle Viaduct from the level of the River Ayr]

170 feet above the base of the River Ayr gorge near Mauchline is Ballochmyle Viaduct, Britain's highest viaduct and still used by trains on the line between Dumfries and Kilmarnock. Vegetation somewhat conceals the views of the main arch especially during summer, but also enhances the stunning location: the gorge here is a highly impressive natural feature and you should explore the maze of paths around the viaduct to fully appreciate the setting. Also look out for the ancient cup and ring marks on cliffs on the right of the path on route to the bridge. On return, from a spot close to the cup marks, a path threads its way down to the river bank for one of the best views of the viaduct. If the water's low enough you can wander upstream along the base of the gorge, with further faint trods later taking you back to the road.

[The river passes through a beautiful gorge just upstream from the viaduct]

Name: Ballochmyle Viaduct ★☆☆
Location: Off minor road at South Lodge, a mile south of Mauchline, G.R.: NS 509254 / lookout spooked heightens
Open: Always (view from below only, or take a train)
Cost: Free
Anything else? Park on the dead-end road just off the A76 near South Lodge. A clear path leads into the gorge, passing the cup and ring marks on the way to the viaduct, a few hundred metres from the road.

[Ballochmyle Viaduct from the main path]

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