We had a short wander after posting, near Mauchline by the River Ayr, starting by the Barskimming bridge. Originally built in the 1600s I think, then improved in the mid 1700s.
Robert Burns was courting the miller's daughter unsuccessfully...the year after he married Ann Armour.
It was only after getting home that we realised that the huge heap of bricks had been a three storey mill, rebuilt after a fire in the late 1800s. It was the biggest water driven corn mill in Ayrshire. By this century it was derelict, after use by a metal supply company..there are photos of it in 2010 and 2013 looking very sad...it appears to have been demolished sometime between 2018 and 2020 and the site out up for sale for redevelopment.
You see the arch? The three storeys were above that.
The heap of bricks.
The bridge from upstream then downstream. We walked a little way upstream almost to where the Lugar joins the Ayr, but deep as it is the floods had been a good six foot deeper and the path was partly washed away and partly overgrown.
There was a path on the river side of the fence....rather a washout unfortunately.
I might be able to find a little more about the mill...but how a grade two listed building can disappear.....very sad.