Friday, December 01, 2006

Sore Feet?

Up until the 19th century the measured mile in use in Scotland varied from place to place, but was consistently longer than the standard English mile hence the term the ‘Lang Scots Mile’. An 18th century reference in the Scottish National Dictionary refers to the Scots Mile as measuring the equivalent of 1,984 yards or 5,952 feet (around 1,814 metres) as opposed to the standard mile of 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet (around 1,609 metres).

The route is marked out along the promenade between Miller’s Folly on Cromwell’s Fort and Blackburn Car Park. it is a flat route passing some of the historic landmarks of Ayr and present-day attractions, with sea views across the Firth of Clyde to Arran, Kintyre, and the Cumbraes. It is marked with posts along the way at the quarter mile points 1,488 feet (453.5 metres) apart.

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