East Ayrshire

A location in East Ayrshire, a half-mile (0.5 km) northwest of Catrine and a mile (1.5 km) southeast of Mauchline, Ballochmyle includes a former estate and 18th C. country house, which became part of a sizeable hospital complex just prior to World War II, but closed in 2000. Ballochmyle Viaduct included the largest masonry span in the world when it was completed in 1848 and remains the highest railway viaduct in the UK. The Ballochmyle Quarries operated from 1825 until the 1950s, exploiting Permian strata to produce a fine red sandstone for building. Ballochmyle is also the location of some ancient cup and ring marks, which were discovered in 1986.

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