For those with a propensity for mountaineering, i've located the grounds of Benwhat (or more properly Benquhat) Heatherbell and Burnfoothill Primrose high up (at about 1000 feet) above the Doon Valley in Ayrshire.
Benwhat, Burnfoothill and Lethanhill were ironstone mining settlements providing raw materials for the massive furnaces down in the valley at Waterside. By 1954 the settlements had been deserted with the residents moving to new housing in Dalmellington, Bellsbank and Patna.
The Heatherbell and Primrose, separated by just a couple of miles were significant players in the early days of Ayrshire junior football. In 1900 they actually contested the final of the Ayrshire Junior Cup at Rugby Park. In a fiercely contested match Benwhat emerged 2-1 winners. The match report in the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald concludes: "At the close of the game ...several of the players quarrelled, and a pugilistic display concluded the day's proceedings."
Kilbirnie Ladeside were once handed a 4-2 beating at Benwhat in the Scottish Junior Cup - they claimed that the 3 mile walk up to Benwhat from Dalmellington railway station had adversely affected them!
The Heatherbell and Primrose were playing in Junior football until the late 1920s - no doubt the depression hastened their exit - although the latter continued to play at the Juvenile level well into the 1930a.
Hardly anything of these villages remains on the ground. At Benwhat the site of the school is recognisable and some layers of brickwork at the end of the rows is in place. Lethanhill has been overwhelmed by a plantation though the floor of the church remains and some ruins can be spotted in the woods. Burnfoothill has been completely erased by open cast mining. The war memorials of Benwhat and Lethanhill & Burnfoothill remain, however, and are well-maintained.
It's hard to imagine these were once vibrant communities with schools, pubs and shops.
A map of the area - also showing the settlements of Craigmark and Burnton.
Google earth view showing their ground known as "The Hearth"
Map of the village of Benwhat c 1900
Benwhat Heatherbell FC - possibly with the Ayrshire Junior Cup
The neighbouring settlements of Burnfoothill and Lethanhill were collectively known as "The Hill"
"Long live the Hill" http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/03/32/69/3326948_138b211c.jpg
Google earth view
Map of Lethanhill/Burnfoothill c 1900
Burnfoothill Primrose Fc