By combining both the High and Low route options of the Ayrshire Coastal Path at Largs, you can create this circular route to the top of Knock Hill (268m / 879 ft) and back again. An easy first stage along Largs esplanade soon gives way to farm tracks and boggy hillside paths before a steep ascent to the summit trig point. Enjoy panoramic views across the Firth of Clyde to the Cowal Peninsula, southern Highlands, Isle of Cumbrae and Arran, as well as down into the town of Largs itself. The descent takes you West across farmland and through pleasant woodland then along a minor road behind Knock Castle.
Dog-friendly walk (some livestock possible at Brisbane Mains Farm and on the open hillside, please be a responsible dog owner)
Download a route map to your mobile phone HERE (Viewranger app required)
Large car park at Largs seafront, just off A78/Gallowgate Street (KA30 8BG) – chargeable
Route: Start at the large Viking statue near the ferry terminal on Largs seafront. Head North along the esplanade for 0.7 miles until reaching the Noddsdale Water and emerging onto the A78/Greenock Road. Follow the Ayrshire Coastal Path signage for the ‘High Path’, to A78, turn right and then first left onto Barr Crescent. Where the street bends right pick up a footpath to the left which follows the course of the burn until Glen Avenue. Turn left here then left again on Brisbane Glen Road. Keep left at a fork onto a farm track and through the grounds of Brisbane Mains Farm. Just beyond the farm keep right to skirt around the side of some sheep pens and continue onto the open hillside. A very boggy faint footpath with weathered wooden waymarkers direct you around the side of the hill with views of the Firth of Clyde beginning to open up. You will come to a fork at a way marker where you should keep left to reach the base of Knock Hill. The summit can be reached either via the steep path directly to the top or by following the spiral path for a more gentle approach. Descend via the same path until you reach the previously-mentioned fork where you turn left to reach a gap in the dry stone wall. Go through the kissing gate then follow the tree-line straight ahead sticking to the field boundary. Eventually you will reach a small woodland where the path descends steeply to emerge onto Routenburn Road. Turn left as indicated by the Ayrshire Coastal Path signage “Low Road/ Red Road to Largs”. Stay on this minor road for approx 2 miles to reach A78/Greenock Road. Turn left then and at the other side of the bridge cross the road and pick up the paved footpath towards Largs esplanade which you then follow back to the seafront car park.
WALK REPORT: 11th November 2017
My first (and so far only) walk with the Scottish Women’s Hiking and Hill Walking Facebook group. Unsurprisingly only open to women, is a very active and friendly informal group with regular group walks happening all over Scotland. Whether you are a beginner, looking to take the next step in your walking journey or already have bags of experience you will be made very welcome.
What a great turnout with 14 of us eager to see what Largs had to offer the hill walker! I had done parts of this route before a couple of times: the first many years ago when I distinctly remember getting lost on the way back down with my friend Kirsty, and more recently with my mum when I completed the final stage of the 100 mile Ayrshire Coastal Path. The bit I was keen to check out was the ‘Low Route’ since as far as I could recall this was the section I had yet to discover.
The event went really well and I met some amazing like-minded women. Who knew that there were so many crazy outdoorsy types like me out there?! The fact that I was familiar with the route came in very handy and the group started to look to me for navigation help when we reached the more remote section out on the open hillside. I was also chief photographer having taken along my trusty Nikon, and the self-timer was put to good use for some group shots! Only one minor mishap I can recall was one lady going knee-deep into a bog…. We even managed to have lunch at the summit whilst taking in the gorgeous panoramic views.
Walk report for the entire Ayrshire Coastal Path >> HERE
My other routes in North Ayrshire >> HERE