Fullarton House and Courtyard
Fullarton Woods is well known to locals living in the town of Troon but to visitors it may be a little hard to find, as unlike other public open spaces it is not sign-posted. If you want to find this beautiful place just follow the signs for Marr Rugby Club on the Isle of Pin Road.
The Woods, which sits in the Fullarton Estate, has play areas, a fairy trail, numerous wooden animal carvings, seating, picnic areas, and woodland walks.
The Fullarton estate has a lengthy and interesting historical past with links to King James the first, Louis Napoleon, and the national Scottish bard the poet Robert Burns who was an admirer of Colonel Fullarton.
The estate is said to have been granted to the Fullarton family by charter from James the High Steward of Scotland around 1283 to 1309.
The Fullarton’s were originally the King’s ‘fowlers’ from which they derived their name ‘Fowlertoun’.
Located throughout the woods are trees, which have been decorated with fairy and elf doors, which can be found by children by following the Fairy Trail, which starts at the public toilets opposite the public car park.
Open all year round the Fairy Trail is a free family day out where you can let your children’s imaginations run wild with this magical experience.
Fullarton House and Courtyard
The Fullarton’s original castle was close to the mouth of the River Irvine but by 1745, Fullarton House had been erected by William Fullarton, designed in the ‘Adam’ style.
His son, Colonel William Fullarton, added a stable block, and servant’s quarters, designed by Robert Adam in 1772.
Originally the house faced east and their were four pillars at the rear, two of which were gateposts which still survive to this day.
It was purchased by Troon Town Council in 1928 and the house was converted to flats, which were let out. The main house fell into rack and ruin and was demolished in 1966.
Fullarton Courtyard remains on the site and is the historic townhouse, which was rebuilt in the 1970,’s based on the original Robert Adam’s stonework coach houses and servant’s quarters.
On the 20th October 2016 Lachlan McKenzie, while visiting his grandparents, who live in Troon, with his family from Muir of Fowlis in Aberdeenshire, fell fifteen from a tree in the woods after a rotten oak branch gave way at around 15:20.
He suffered serious injuries and despite the best efforts of the Emergency services, sadly Lachlan died at the scene.
His Head Teacher, Moira Milne from AlfordAcademy, where Lachlan was settling into his first year, spoke for the local community when she said that all were deeply shocked and saddened at the news
Such was the shock and sorrow of the people of Troon that nearly £2,000 was raised by fundraising to install a wooden carving ‘happy’ memorial to Lachlan in the woods.
The carving of Lachlan, clutching one of the books he loved to read, with his beloved cat Percy, who never left his side, beside him is located at the Fairy Trail ‘Wishing Tree’.
There is a secret place within the woods that even most of the locals do not know about… a Pets’ Cemetery.
With headstones dated from the late 19th and early 20th Century this small secluded spot is filled with enchantment with two headstones dedicated to ‘Middy’ and ‘Faithful Little Vic’.
Fullarton has a reasonable variety of common resident and migrating birds such as Owls, Spotted Woodpeckers, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, and Spotted Flycatchers.
There is also a field to the North, which floods regularly, and if you visit at the right time of the year, it is ideal to see Greylag Geese, Grey Heron, and Ducks.
Stoats, Weasels, Foxes, Rabbits, Hares, and Squirrels can be seen if you are patient.
The main tree species to be found in Fullarton Woods are Beech, Horse Chestnut, Oak, and Spruce.
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© 2020 Brian OldWolf
Brian OldWolf (author) from Troon on February 12, 2020:
Thank you Liz it is a beautiful place. Lachlan will forever be in our memories through the beautiful 'happy' carving.
Liz Westwood from UK on February 11, 2020:
This is an extremely well-illustrated article. Such a sad story though about Lachlan Mackenzie.