An article from

'The Topographical, Statistical, and Historical Gazetteer of Scotland'

Published by A.Fullarton and Co. - 1848

The River Doon

DOON (The), a river which traverses Ayrshire,; and, during the whole of its course in that county, forms the boundary-line between the districts of Carrick and Kyle. It is popularly said to originate in Loch Doon, but really rises in two mountain streams from which that lake receives its principal surplus waters. One of these streams, called Gallow-lane, wells up among the broad boundary mountain-ridge of Kirkcudbrightshire, within half-a-mile of the remote source of the Galloway Dee; the other, called Eagton-lane, issues from Loch Enoch, at the boundary between Kirkcudbrightshire and Ayrshire; and both pursue a northerly course of about 7 miles, till, at its southern extremity, they fall into Loch Doon. At the northern extremity, whence the united streams now called the Doon emerge, two tunnels, cut out of the solid rock, receive the river, [see next article, DOON (Loch)] and pour it impetuously down into a deep gorge 300 feet deep, only about 30 feet wide, and a mile in length. For 2 miles from the loch, the river flows due north; and it then bends gradually round, and, for about 7 miles, flows to the north-west. Over all this distance, with the exception of the fine vale of Dalmellington on its northern bank, the grounds which press upon its verge are, for the most part, heathy or unwooded knolls and hills of chilly and uninviting aspect. About 2 miles below Patna it again bends, and, over a distance of 5 miles, flows westward; and then, a little below Cassilis-house, flows northward and to the north of west, till it falls, 3 miles south of Ayr, into the frith of Clyde. But, over its whole course from below Patna to its embouchure, it describes numerous curvatures, sinuously wending round many a sylvan knoll, and rioting at will among the beauties of a delly and undulating landscape. Here its channel is, for the most part, ploughed into a huge furrow from 10 to 200 feet, and, at the top, from 30 to 150 yards wide, the sides of which are richly clothed in natural wood and plantation. Such especially is its appearance both above and below the point where the river is spanned by 'the Auld Brig o'Doon,' and flows past 'the haunted kirk of Alloway,' and over all the space which was most familiar to the eye of the Ayrshire bard.  





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