Walking & Cycling

Hillwood walk

Car park by playing field, B7045, Straiton, KA19 7NE

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Start: Car park by playing field, B7045 Straiton KA19 7NE

End: Car park by playing field, B7045 Straiton KA19 7NE

Distance: 3.25 miles (5km)

Download map, route of path also available from:http://www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk/walkstraiton.htm (Created by Ayrshire Paths) (Yellow path on map)

Hill Wood Walk at Straiton. Cross into Fowlers Croft to Dalmellington Road. Just beyond Sclenteuch Bridge go up to Glenhead and turn left through the gate a quarter of a mile beyond the steading. Views open up as you head towards Altizourie noting Blairquhan Castle (1820-24) beyond the water meadows. The castle is the home of the Hunter Blair family. A regency mansion of Tudor design by William Burn, it has a long and varied history and connections with Robert Burns and links with John Loudon Macadam the road builder. It is beautifully situated on the left bank of the river. On the edge of the moor sparrowhawks and buzzards may be seen, also roe-deer. Return by the same route with Straiton Monument and Bennan Hill providing an impressive backdrop. If you choose to return by the road great care should be taken.

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