Castle Hill


A wooded summit in the town of Ayr (South Ayrshire), Castle Hill rises to 52m (172 feet) between the districts of Belmont and Masonhill, 1½ miles (2.5 km) southeast of the town centre. It is surrounded by a small park which represents the policies of the mansion of Castlehill, which was built by Patrick Ballantine in 1804. In 1810, the estate passed to his brother John Ballantine who had previously built a new bridge over the River Ayr in 1786 and to whom Robert Burns dedicated his poem The Brigs of Ayr, written the same year. Castlehill Estate remained in the Ballantine family until 1909 and was requisitioned by the army during the Second World War and the house fell into ruin. The site was bought by the Ayrshire and Arran Health Board which demolished the house in the 1960's with the intention of building a new hospital on the site. However this was never built and the land was sold to Kyle and Carrick Council in the early 1990s, becoming a park.

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