Grid Reference: NS 215 524
OS Map: Landranger 63
Height Gain: 147m
Distance: 5km, 3 miles
Time: 3-4 hours
Terrain: Rough Moor and Track
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This circular route offers outstanding views of the Firth of Clyde – on a clear day the views of Arran and Ailsa Craig, make it well worth the walk to the summit! Whatever the weather there are fascinating Iron Age rock markings and remains of an old millstone quarry.
The route: At the cattle grid beside the tree line, pass through the gate and walk along the level track for 2km. At the end of the track, detour northwest for 100m to the edge of the woodland to see cup and ring marked rock, then bear east over the burn then uphill to the summit. From the trig point head south west, be careful to avoid the rocky outcrops at the disused quarry, to get to the road and the starting point.
Kaim Hill Quarry produced excellent quality millstones product that was sent all over Britain and exported to the West Indies, America and Australia from the early 18th century.
Cup and Ring Markings may have been a form of prehistoric art although their original significance is still unknown. The cup marks with rings, similar to ripples on water are on a slab of rock.
Glenburn Waterfall: As you return to the start take a 30m detour downhill to find the pretty waterfall hidden from the road.
Birds: Keep a look out for birds such as hen harrier, golden plover, raven, buzzard and skylark that are likely to be spotted in and around the moorland landscape.
Vegetation: Thyme, Tormentil, Cotton Grass, Bog Asphodel and Sphagnum Moss.
NB map and compass skills are essential as low cloud cover can envelop rapidly. This route can also be walked from Fairlie Glen as it is easily accessible from Fairlie train station.