Walk 191 – Fairlie Glens and Waterfalls Circular – 4.3 miles

On a clear day the views from this route are simply outstanding: the islands of Cumbrae & Arran and the pink sandy beaches at Fairlie and Hunterston. A variety of woodland paths, tracks and grassy hillsides lead you gently uphill past the remains of Fairlie Castle and along the base of Black Hill. The return section follows the Fairlie Moor Road and then the Ayrshire Coastal Path. There is the opportunity to visit some fantastic hidden waterfalls along the route if you don’t mind some slightly rougher terrain for a few minutes!

Walk 188 – Castle Semple Loch & Parkhill Wood, Lochwinnoch- 3.2 miles

n easy and varied walk taking in cycle track, woodland and gravel paths. This is a figure of 8 route with lots of historical interest and peaceful scenery along the way! To get the most out of your walk, be sure to pop in to the Visitor Centre for a trail guide before setting off.

Top Walks for the Festive Season

If you’re anything like me, come Boxing Day cabin fever is setting in and you NEED to get out a walk. Here are my top picks for you! BEST FOR….. WEE HILLS BEST FOR….. WATERFALLS BEST FOR…… A WANDER THROUGH THE WOODS BEST FOR…. LOCHS BEST FOR…. BLOWING THE COBWEBS AWAY

Walk 173 – Four Waters to Corlic Hill – 9.7 miles

This route is a combination of the Loch Thom Circular and the Corlic Hill walk, taking you past four of the reservoirs within Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. It boasts a varied and very scenic 10 miles of rough trails, single track roads, grassy footpaths, and forestry trails and of course the added bonus of a hill (303 m / 994 ft). On a clear day you will be rewarded with the most spectacular views across the Clyde to the Cowal Peninsula and the Southern Highlands. 

Walk 172 – Loch Thom Circular – 5.4 miles

At approx 1.5 miles in length and sitting at 639 ft (195m) above sea level, Loch Thom has provided a water supply to the town of Greenock since 1827! Situated in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, this circular walk let’s you see the loch from every angle. You will pass several ruined farmsteads along the way, one of which was used in the filming of the ‘Shetland’ TV series! Mostly on surfaced roads with the exception of one short section on a grassy, and sometimes boggy footpath. 

10 Family Walks For Easter

Easter is the perfect time for some family adventures in the great outdoors. Winter has given way to Springtime with longer days, daffodils and crocuses, newborn lambs and rising temperatures. Not to mention a lot of chocolate to work off! Here are my top picks to give you some inspiration for over the holidays….

Walk 166 – Corlic Hill, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park – 6 miles

A fantastic circuit at Scotland’s largest Regional Park. Good trails take you along to Corlic Hill summit (303 m / 994 ft) on the north-eastern perimeter of Clyde Muirshiel. On a clear day you will enjoy exceptional views down into the Clyde Valley, across to the Cowal Peninsula and over towards the southern Highlands. The return section of the route takes you past the ancient ruins of Burnhead and Glenbrae farmsteads and between the tranquil Gryfe reservoirs. 

Walk 160 – Knock Hill Circular, Largs – 8 miles

By joining two parts of the Ayrshire Coastal Path together, you can enjoy this circular route from Largs to the top of Knock Hill (268m / 879 ft) and back again. An easy first stage along Largs promenade 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. 

Walk 131 – Ayrshire Coastal Path: Largs to Wemyss Bay via Knock Hill (10.5 miles)

Beginning at Largs Marina this route takes you the length of the promenade before heading inland and uphill across boggy ground towards Knock Hill. From the trig point on a clear day your efforts will be rewarded with beautiful views across the Firth of Clyde towards the isles of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran, as well as the Argyll hills and Cowal Peninsular. Descending towards Skelmorlie Castle and Wemyss Bay, with one very short exception the remainder of the walk is along quiet minor roads and pavements.