Girvan railway station, Vicarton St, Girvan KA26 9JF South Ayrshire
The distance involved makes this a challenging walk, however it is most rewarding and full of interest.
Start: Girvan railway station, Vicarton St, Girvan KA26 9JF South Ayrshire
End: Girvan railway station, Vicarton St, Girvan KA26 9JF South Ayrshire
Distance: 11 miles (17.75 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 to 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.
Carry straight on here towards Dalfask Hill. - A hill and moorland route, branches off to Lagan and Dalfask Farm. - On reaching the farm follow the farm road to Craigbae. At the end turn right onto the road to Pinmore which is about a mile (1600m) distant. - After about half a mile (800m), to your right, situated on a dominating ridge just north of Pinmore, is Dinvin Motte , reputed to be the finest prehistoric fort in Ayrshire. It consists of a central mound and defended by two well-defined circular ramparts and ditches. - Just below Dinvin is the 543 yards (496 metres) long Pinmore railway tunnel on the Girvan Stranraer line built in 1877.
On entering the hamlet of Pinmore to your left is Pinmore Pottery housed in the former school. - Crossing over the railway, the former Pinmore station lies to your left. - At the road end turn left onto the A714 then bear right towards Knocklaugh and Lendalfoot.
Follow this road, passing Knocklaugh Lodge for approximately 1¾ mile (3 kms) and at the hairpin bend about 135 yards (125 metres) beyond Knocklaugh, take the path up the quiet valley of the Water of Lendal. - Past a waterfall the path looks down on Loch Lochton where there is a fine display of both white and yellow water lilies.
On this rough moorland path the route skirts the Grey Hills Grassland Nature Reserve, a wildlife habitat managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Special features are patches of herb-rich turf situated on outcrops of Serpentine rock, only to be found in four other localities in the British Isles.
Upon reaching Drumfairn you will see Byne Hill in front of you and Balaclava Wood to your right. 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.