Starting in the village of Lendalfoot, this route involves some beach walking as well as a pleasant inland stretch on farm tracks across some higher ground. Some very interesting geology can be found on the beach at Kennedy’s Pass as you approach Girvan! On a clear day enjoy stunning views across to Ailsa Craig for the entire walk. Keep your eyes peeled for Roe Deer!
Distance: 6.2 miles from Varyag memorial in Lendalfoot to Ainslie Park in Girvan
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Car park at the Varyag memorial, Lendalfoot (KA26 0JG)
Route: From the parking area at the Varyag memorial in Lendalfoot, go down onto the beach and head north for approximately 1.7 miles. Keep an eye on the A77: just before it takes a tight bend to the right round the hillside you will see Ayrshire Coastal Path signage asking you to cross the road and pass through a gate at the other side. Initially gravel, the track leads you steeply uphill before becoming grassy and leveling out. Traverse the hillside on this high-level track and follow it as it eventually begins to gently descend. At a farm building keep left. Towards the bottom of the hill the track disappears slightly to become a set of tractor tracks across some (sometimes muddy) fields. You will come to a gate with a large wooden stile built across it – after this point the route takes you down to the A77. Cross the road carefully and complete the final 2 miles on the beach, finishing at the car park south of Ainslie Park in Girvan.
WALK REVIEW: 8TH APRIL 2017
For me, this walk was the last third of a 27 mile hike which had started 6hrs prior in Glenapp. Despite being physically tired, I just absolutely loved it. The beaches were pristine with huge numbers of seabirds, interesting rock structures and gorgeous white sand. The high-level section broke up the beach walking perfectly and I was lucky to experience bone dry conditions underfoot going across the fields.
What annoyed me somewhat was that the Walkhighlands route description didn’t specify distances between different points: for example it told me to “drop down onto the beach (in Lendalfoot) and continue until Pinbain Burn is reached” at which point I should cross the A77 and head inland. The problem was that there were several burns running down onto the beach so I kept worrying that I had missed the turn-off and this resulted in a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and worrying. It turned out that it is almost 2 miles along! If I had known that I could have enjoyed it better. I know now for next time and have made sure to include that info for you in my route description above …. 🙂
It had been a relatively breezy day even at a low level, but I became aware of how exposed I was on the hillside path when I needed do don an extra layer and tie my hair back to see where I was going! Traversing the hillside was simply spectacular, the views to die for. As had been the case for the majority of my day so far, I had the track to myself with the exception of some sheep and a lone Roe Deer which ran across the field ahead of me!
Back down to sea level for the final 2 miles, I chose to walk along the shore into Girvan (there is also a pavement along the A77 should you prefer: easier walking but not so peaceful or scenic!) I was fascinated by the rock structures along this beach – an area known as Kennedy’s Pass, named after T. F. Kennedy of Dalquharran who was the first to pass through it. There was row upon row of flat narrow rocks running perfectly parallel to each other, as well some larger spiky ones emerging from the sand. I do have to wonder at how all this came to be! Mother Nature at her best ❤
Arriving in Girvan I was treated to the most gorgeous sunset behind Ailsa Craig whilst awaiting my chariot home. Perfect end to an amazing day!