Woods covered the edge of the escarpment which marked the boundary to the south of the Carse of Balquhiderock.
On 24 June, while the bulk of the Scottish army moved down into the Carse to attack the English, Bruce stayed with a reserve on the ridge. This meant he could watch as the battle unfolded below him and react to any unexpected changes in the situation. Only when he was sure that the English were nearing defeat did he lead this reserve into the Carse, probably now hoping to capture Edward II.
Woods still cover the edge of the ridge, though they are probably much less extensive than in 1314.