MacAdam's Stone

(MacAdam's Cairn)

Located a mile (1.5 km) south of Muirkirk and a half-mile (0.8 km) south of Kames in East Ayrshire, MacAdam's Stone (or MacAdam's Cairn) is a memorial to John Loudon MacAdam (1756 - 1836), who ran the Tar Works in Muirkirk and developed the process of 'macadamisation' which gave a robust surface for roads for the first time.

The memorial states:

In memory of
John Loudon MacAdam
the famous roadmaker
1756 - 1836.

This cairn marks the site
of his tar kilns
1786 - 1827
and is built with stones
from them in 1931.

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