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Juniper Rewilding: Shrub Tube Removal.

Yesterday the Clyde Muirshiel team and Conservation Volunteers removed shrub tubes from our juniper rewilding site near Cample Burn!

Juniper Rewilding: Shrub Tube Removal

Yesterday the Clyde Muirshiel team, along with the fantastic Conservation Volunteers began removing the shrub tubes from the 750 juniper

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Volunteers tackle invasive plants

Recently the ranger team and both the Castle Semple Conservation Volunteers and the Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers have been hard

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Lambing and bird nesting seasons in the Regional Park

As spring advances the lambing season will be getting underway in the Regional Park. Farmers will be busy making sure

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Rangers take part in RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

On Sunday 30th January, the Ranger team at Clyde Muirshiel took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Millions of

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Fungi in Parkhill Wood

If you go for a walk in Parkhill Wood at Lochwinnoch at the moment then you won’t miss the autumn

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Community woodland, and popular place for dog walkers– trails can be muddy. Longer trails go into Ladymuir Plantation and on to the rough and often boggy access route to Windy Hill and Muirshiel Visitor Centre and Country Park.

Look out for wildlife such as roe deer, black and red grouse.

Please note the car park at Locherwood is very small if it is busy please come back another time and do not park over the access road into the wood or in the single track road leading to Ladymuir House.  Access is required at all times by residents.

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Locherwood Trail – 2km

Green posts mark the route of this 2km circular walk. Most of the walk is on unsurfaced and grassy paths, it can get a little bit muddy in places especially after heavy rainfall. Most of the trees around this route are still young so the woodland still feels very open and gives you good views of the surrounding

Walking the Locherwood trail you will notice that there are areas where trees have not been planted, these open spaces are important for wild flowers. If you visit Locherwood during June or July you may see butterfly orchids or spignel in bloom, both these plants are locally uncommon and are included in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

Ladymuir Trail – 7km

Blue posts mark the route of the 7km circular walk. This walk starts and finishes in Locherwood and takes you through the commercial conifer plantation of Ladymuir.
The route follows the rides, wide linear open spaces through woodland, and the forest road. The ground can be rough and uneven in places and parts of the trail can be very boggy, so walking boots are recommended for this route.

Link route to Muirshiel

This is a moorland walk with no set route or waymarkers to Windy Hill or Muirshiel.
Take care over the uneven ground, walking boots are best for this walk, and as with all hill walks it’s recommended you take a OS map and compass.

Walk along to Castle Hill to see the Iron Age Hill Fort or enjoy the off road access to Largs, downhill through Douglas Park. Longer walking routes around Largs, if you have suitable hill walking equipment include the Gogo Water and Greeto Falls.

Find Us

Off A760, approx 1 mile east from
junction with A78, Largs,
North Ayrshire
OS Landranger 63 NS 215 582

By train:
Glasgow Central to Largs. The station is 3km from the site, from the station walk along the coast towards the Pencil Monument, turning right up May Street and go up through Douglas Park. Click here ( for route information.

By bus:
Various buses pass by, check with operator if they will stop at ‘Haylie Brae Viewpoint’

By car:
On A760 Lochwinoch to Largs road, 2.5 km from junction with A78 in Largs.




Stop at Glen Burn to enjoy the short walk down to the waterfall or walk to Diamond Hill to see the cup and ring marked rock. Longer walking routes in the area include Baidland Hill (336m) – a good local vantage point and way marked walking routes around Dalry.

Find Us

Single track road, off B780 east of Dalry
and A78(T) south of Fairlie,
North Ayrshire
OS Landranger 63 NS 215 523

By train:
Glasgow Central to Dalry (Ardossan/Ayr line). Follow the sign posts for Baidland Hill to join the Moor Road. More info here.

By car:
Take the A737 to Dalry and turn onto the B780 after 2km turn right onto Wingfaulds Road just after the cemetery, this is the start of the single track moor road




Opening Hours

Car park and trails are open. The Visitor Centre is closed but toilets are open daily 9.15am – 4pm.

Find Us

Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, Cornalees Bridge, Loch Thom,
Near Greenock, Inverclyde  PA16 9LX. Telephone: 01475 521 458/ 01475 529 543.
For how to find us see Directions to Greenock Cut

Outdoor Learning

Greenock Cut has an indoor and outdoor classroom facilities and a mixed range of habitats for younger and older children to investigate.

Outdoor Activities

Great walking, cycling and wildlife opportunities surround the Centre, plus the wild land around the Centre makes it perfect for adventures by Duke of Edinburgh or our land navigation courses.

On Site


Tracks, trails and car parks are open all day, every day.

Top 5 To Do’s

  1. Do the Greenock Cut, the 12km circular sign posted route is rated as one of the top 50 walks in Scotland.
  2. Take the children Wood Spirit Hunting round the 3km Nature Trail in Shielhill Glen
  3. View the interactive Greenock Cut exhibition that explains Robert Thom’s 1820’s engineering.
  4. Climb Dunrod Hill for panoramic views of the Clyde and the Isles
  5. Join the Rangers on an event or talk to them about organising your own event on site.

Also onsite:

  • Countryside Ranger Service provide an environmental education programme and offer advice about local walking and cycling routes and wildlife.
  • History and Heritage: Aircraft Crashes – see an old engine onsite and download the fact sheet in the History section.
  • Events and outdoor activities – look on the events/courses pages for details
  • The Visitor Centre with refreshments and small gift shop is open at weekends in summer and by arrangement year round providing information on what to do and see.
  • The Special Protection Area runs south of the site because there has been an international important breeding population of hen harriers.
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