Walking & Cycling

Byne Hill

Girvan railway station, Vicarton St, Girvan KA26 9JF South Ayrshire

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This walk takes you south with a climb up to the top of one of Girvan’s prominent hills with excellent views of the Firth of Clyde.

Start: Girvan railway station, Vicarton St, Girvan KA26 9JF South Ayrshire

End:  Girvan railway station, Vicarton St, Girvan KA26 9JF South Ayrshire

Distance: 6 miles (9.75 km)

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Leave the station and descend the steps opposite the entrance into Bourtreehall. - At the end turn left into Montgomerie Street. - Just past the police station turn left into The Avenue then cross over the road. - Prior to the Southfields Hotel turn right and follow the road then path over the burn until you come to Ailsa Street East. - Turn left then cross over the road turning right into Victoria Park Road. - At the end turn right and then immediately left into Roxburgh Road. - At the end turn left into Piedmont Road and follow this right to the top where it joins Coalpots Road.

Turn right and follow this until you reach the Shallochpark roundabout. Here you get a good view of Ailsa Craig 10 miles offshore. - Turn left and follow signs A714 to Barrhill and Newton Stewart. - Turn right towards the Cemetery and then left on to the Brochneil Farm road.  Byne Hill with its rocky outcrops provides an impressive backdrop. - Crossing the burn you pass the site of what previously was a picturesque cottage affectionately known as 'Wrens Nest'.

From the shoulder of Byne Hill to the summit, there is one of the best views in the district; the Firth of Clyde with Ailsa Craig and Arran.  On a clear day the Antrim Hills of Northern Ireland can be seen on the horizon. Inland in the distance are the Galloway Hills including the Merrick. - The walk continues along the ridge past the cairn, which was erected by the round table to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee in 1977.

Descending from the ridge to the saddle, which leads eastwards, notice on the right the monumental obelisk situated in a prominent position above Ardmillan House. This was erected in memory of Major A.C.B. Craufuird who served in HM forces in India. He also took part in the landing at and capture of the Cape of Good Hope in 1795. - The route emerges at Drumfairn.

Turn left and follow the unsurfaced road back to Brochneil before returning to the A714 road, where you turn left.

Continue down hill towards the Shallochpark roundabout and on into Girvan along Glendoune Street. - Keep left at the mini-roundabout along Kirkpatrick Street and then Henrietta Street. - At the end you have picturesque Girvan Harbour. - Turn right into Knockcushan Street. - At the traffic lights turn left.

On the right is Stumpy Tower , once the former gaol built in 1789. - Proceed along Bridge Street, Old Street and Vicarton Street. - The railway station is just prior to the bridge on your right.