The Loupin-on Stane sits outside an old coaching inn, The Montgomerie Arms, in the original village of East Kilbride. These sort of steps were once commonplace when transport meant coaches, horseback or Shanks’ Pony, allowing people to climb onto their horses or into coaches. This would be particularly useful for women, given fashions for long trailing clothes, or anyone who had had one too many at the Monty!

Loupin-on Stane, originally uploaded by JenthePen

Two turnpike roads came through EK, one from Glasgow leading south into England via Muirkirk and Dumfries and the other from Ayrshire to Edinburgh, and there’s a number of tollhouses remaining in the local area.

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