The Smugglers' Trail from Dundonald to Loans

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Virtually everyone in Dundonald was involved in smuggling in the 18th Century. It was highly organised by The Loans Smuggling Company. Sixteen small boats were kept at the beach to unload the illicit cargo from the Isle of Man or Europe. News spread from house to house and local men with 500 horses would assemble. One of the trails was through Dundonald Glen.

The Trail ends at Collennan, where William Stuart lived around 1765. He visited the Isle of Man tasting brandy and rum to ensure the quality.

This can be made a circular route or you can return by bus.     

Scotland - South Scotland - Ayrshire and Arran - Coast


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