Walking & Cycling

Drummochreen Cairn

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

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

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

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.25 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.

Turn right at the next junction after Lower Burncrooks. - After turning right you pass a hillside called Sunny Brae then enter disappointingly unthreatening Ghaist Glen to reach the end of the public road at Lochspouts. - Continue straight ahead past Craigdow road end onto a grass track where the Green Well keeps the going soft. - As the path improves again watch out for Drummochreen Cairn on your right. - The cairn is a reminder of Carrick’s bloody past when clan feuding was commonplace.

Turns left onto a grass track and way marks are followed in more or less a straight line for about 1.5 miles (2.5km) to the trig point at the top of Craigfin Hill. - Still generally heading east drop from the top of the hill to reach an old road and turn left. - This leads to Spring Garden Bridge.

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.