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Lambing and bird nesting seasons in the Regional Park.

Asking visitors to the park to keep their dogs under control now that lambing and bird nesting seasons are underway.

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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Start/Finish: MuMuirshiel Walkersirshiel Visitor Centre

Grid Reference: NS 311 631

OS Map: Landranger 63

Distance: 10km, 6.5 miles

Height Gain: 292m

Time: 5-6 hours

Terrain: Track and Rough Moor

Experience the wild open moorland landscapes, once frequented by Sir Winston Churchill. The circular route starts at Muirshiel Country Park, passes an old barytes mine and includes the easily identified ‘Misty Law’.

Find the Route Card here.

The route: from the Visitor Centre car park take the road westwards for 3.5km through the gate and along the ‘mine track’.  At the disused mine, leave the track and head south for 2km onto the rough open hillside to reach the rounded summit of Hill of Stake (522m).  Then walk south east along the boundary fence to Misty Law (510m).  Head north to cross the Raith Burn, then east to the join the track and return to start.

Barytes Mine:  was operation for 200 years, it closed in 1969 when 48 local people had been employed, the site is now used for 4×4 driver training.  Locally, baryte was used as a white pigment in textiles, paint and paper production.

Aircraft Remains:  In the Hill of Stake area three planes have crashed in poor weather – a Spartan Cruiser, a Hurricane and a Seafire.

Wildlife: Many birds can be spotted in and around the moorland. Look out for hen harriers, ravens, kestrels, willow warblers, grey stonechat and wrens. Green hairstreak butterflies and common hawker dragonflies can be spotted amongst the heather in summer.

NB Map and Compass skills are essential as the route is unmarked with few defined features.

 

Opening Hours

Muirshiel’s tracks, trails and car park are open daily. Toilets are open daily. The Visitor Centre is currently open for summer at weekends only, 11am – 4:30pm with new coffee machine, snacks and gift selection, please note it is a CASH ONLY site.

Find Us

Address:
Muirshiel Visitor Centre & Country Park, Calder Glen Road
Near Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, PA12 4LB Tel: 0300 300 0200 Opt 2
For how to find us see Directions to Muirshiel

 

 

Top 5 To Do’s

  1. Climb a volcano – a family friendly 1km walk up Windy Hill going up through mixed woodland before heading over the moor.
  2. Have a picnic, there are beautiful spots on site by the river and under the trees.
  3. Spot the owl carving near Orblis hill or run through the willow tunnels on one of the woodland trails.
  4. Watch for birds on the Visitor Centre feeders or enjoy a family friendly event with the Countryside Rangers – advanced booking on event days essential.
  5. Hunt for the Muirshiel Forest Folk or do the Insect Hunt and improve you ID skills.

Also onsite:

  • History and Heritage: The Shooting Estate – download the factsheet and or look for the remains of the 1920’s grouse railway (NS 303 674), built to transport shooting parties on to the moor
  • History and Heritage: Barytes Mine – download the factsheet for walk out over the moor along the Mine Track to the remains of the barytes mine (NS 292 648).
  • Events and outdoor activities – look on the events/courses pages for details
  • Special Protection Area surrounds the Country Park because there has been an international important breeding population of hen harriers.

 

Outdoor Learning

The woodland and heather moorland of Muirshiel provide great access for school trips and families to find out more about local wildlife and their habitats.

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