Car park by playing field, B7045 Straiton KA19 7NE
Start: Car park by playing field, B7045 Straiton KA19 7NE
End: Car park by playing field, B7045 Straiton KA19 7NE
Distance: 1.25 miles (2km)
Download map, route of path also available from:http://www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk/walkstraiton.htm (Created by Ayrshire Paths) (Red path on map)
Straiton Village Ramble. This modest low-level route leads from the Car Park into and around the village. Straiton folk in common with those from other Ayrshire Towns and villages were always busy with woollen cloth making two hundred years ago. In 1791, of 186 inhabitants 12 were weavers and others were masons, shoemakers, blacksmiths, tailors, joiners a butcher and a baker, A change came about with the making of muslin but Straiton prospered still and depended, as before, on water-power. Mills were built and traces still are seen e.g. the corn-mill under Bennan, the timber mill at Milton and a corn-mill as well. The name Fowler's Croft may indicate a fulling-mill to cleanse the wool. On the other hand it may refer to the home of the bird-catcher. Go through the village to the Newton Stewart Road, then just beyond the School take the track on the right to the river bridge and Bennan Farm and Stepends. Either return to village or Car Park or continue towards Milton and the Church Walk. On the Dalmellington Road itself stands the Forestry Commission Headquarters, opened in 1984, which plays an important part in maintaining the Galloway Forest Park just to the south of the village.