Dailly town centre, KA26 9SB
Start: Dailly town centre, KA26 9SB
End: Maxwellston Hill
Distance: 3.5 miles (5.5km)
Download map, route of path also available from: http://www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk/walkdailly.htm (Created by Ayrshire Paths) (Purple path on map)
Maxwellston Hill Walk at Dailly 5.5km. Path Marker Symbol: Fence posts symbolising greater access to the countryside. A linear hill walk for those who relish a little steep rough walking. The splendid views leading to the top are as good as any in the district.
The walk takes you past the cemetery and follows the crystal waters of the Lindsayston Burn. Hadyard Hill looms ahead and with Maxwellston Hill forms an impressive backdrop along the southern boundary of the Girvan Valley. Views open up as height is gained by climbing up the exposed shoulder of Hadyard on to the moorland plateau. This is the habitat of a variety of wildlife including curlew, buzzard, peregrine, kestrel and merlin. Although waymarked, care should be taken when traversing the hilltop in bad weather as the lack of distinct landmarks on the plateau can make navigation difficult. With the village of Dailly and the Girvan Valley lying well below, the site of a pre-historic fort on the summit of Maxwellston Hill is reached. The remains of the Pictish fortress consisting of two ramparts and two ditches can be seen. This fort has associations with Robert the Bruce , who having landed on the Ayrshire coast from Arran took refuge here following an unsuccessful attack on Turnberry Castle. Bruce camped with some 300 men for three days before moving to a more secure location in the Galloway Hills On a clear day extensive views are afforded of the Ayrshire coast towards the Cumbraes and to the south overlooking Penquhapple reservoir the Southern Uplands stretch to the horizon.