Walking & Cycling

Kildoon Circuit

Maybole railway station, Culzean Road, Maybole KA19 7DE South Ayrshire

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This walk gives a good return for the effort. Its climax is the top of the hill which, with its monument is a landmark seen from miles around.

Start: Maybole railway station, Culzean Road, Maybole KA19 7DE South Ayrshire

End:  Maybole railway station, Culzean Road, Maybole KA19 7DE South Ayrshire

Distance: 5 miles (8 km)

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Leave the station, turn right and then cross over the road and turn left along Greenside. - Do not turn off but follow this road past the fire station training tower. - On reaching Whitehall, the A77, cross over and turn right then follow signs to Dailly bearing left down the curiously named Coral Glen. - Note the remains and motto at ‘the Wee Spout in the Glen’ the last reminder of Maybole’s former public wells.

At the foot of the hill branch up Allan’s Hill to pass Our Lady and St. Cuthbert’s church before emerging into rural landscape with Kildoon Hill in full view. - Less than ½ mile (800m) from the railway bridge a sign indicates the line of the old coach road, which is our path. - At the top of the rise the path can be left to reach the summit of Kildoon with its ancient fort and monument to Sir Charles Fergusson. Return to the path and continue past the lochan to descend to the footbridge turning left over the stile.

Continue straight ahead to Spring Garden Farm then to the bridge where a left turn leads under Kildoon. - A local story tells of a young rider killing himself by riding along the hillcrest to tumble down this steep side.

Continue north to rejoin the outward route but by the church bear right along Dailly Road then left up Welltrees Street to the High Street. - The Maybole Arms 200yds (190m) to your left along Whitehall serves food or you can continue to the right past the Town Hall, part of which was originally the town house of Blairquhan lairds. - Just past the hardware store, turn left up School Vennel to return to the station. - There is a pub by the green called the Greenside.

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