Girvan railway station, Vicarton St, Girvan KA26 9JF South Ayrshire
This walk takes you to Laggan Loch and the hills that lie to the south east of Girvan.
Start: Girvan railway station, Vicarton St, Girvan KA26 9JF South Ayrshire
End: Girvan railway station, Vicarton St, Girvan KA26 9JF South Ayrshire
Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5 km)
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 a track on the left 300yards (275m) before the roundabout. – Turn left and follow the road towards the radio mast at Woodhill. – Continue along this road and after crossing over the railway line you will see a deep ravine on your left known locally as 'Sundown Valley'. - At the head of the ravine is a delightful spot where there is a waterfall and the confluence of two burns.
Carry straight on towards Piedmont Hill. - The first part of the route follows the old right of way to Barr. - Fine views are afforded of Byne Hill and the pass over which runs the high road between the Carrick shore and the Assel and Stinchar valleys.
A mile further on is Laggan Loch an almost perfectly circular Loch. - Legend has it that the outline of a ploughman complete with yoke can be seen on the surface of the loch. He was reputed to have been lost in mud at the bottom. - Crossing the drystone dyke, continue for another 325yds (300m) then turn right onto a track. - After for a further 220yds/200m you bear left.
Continue past a disused pit and over the whaleback summit of Laggan Hill, which is on your left. This is an area which is still predominantly farmed for hill cattle and sheep. - Descending parallel with the Daltippan Burn, continue down towards the Stranraer to Ayr railway line.
The dominant feature is Ailsa Craig. A volcanic plug thrusting over a thousand feet from the Firth of Clyde and silhouetted against the sky. The remains of a ruined castle can be seen on the island, now a bird sanctuary and home to one of the largest colonies of gannets in the British Isles.
Keeping the railway to your left, pass under the bridge to join the A714.
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.