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Kilmarnock & Loudoun Group

We are the Kilmarnock & Loudoun Ramblers. We open the way for everyone in our local community to enjoy the pleasures of walking.

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking

Overview

We begin by walking one mile on the sandy beach to stretch our legs! After carefully crossing the busy A753, we follow the track on a gentle climb up past Montfode Castle (remains) Montfode farm and on up to Townhead of Montfode (derelict).  Still on a track, a short descent to Millglen and the minor road to West Kilbride. Tarmac now but only briefly before going through a gate into open farmland. The route now goes up to the Busbie Muir wind farm and the rolling Rowanside Hills.  Still climbing gently to The Punch Bowl ( a circle of trees ) we continue above the Busbie Muir Reservoir. A wee bit of boggy moor and soon we pick up the track to the North Hill Wireless Station, 242 metres. Steeply down the grass flank of North Hill the route now takes us to the Coffin Road and Blackshaw Estate. Worth spending some time here exploring the well maintained paths round the loch and forest paths before ascending Blackshaw Hill. After returning to the Coffin Road, Law Hill is our next objective before heading back to the North Shore.

 

Saturday, 16 December 2023
Meeting time:
8:45 am
Start time:
9:45 am
Estimated finish time:
3:00 pm
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
11.3km / 7.0mi
Ascent:
242m / 794ft
Type:
circular

Risk Assessment. We will go through numerous gates, most open but a couple to climb. The stiles and foot bridges from Law Hill are in a dangerous state of disrepair. Help the auld ones over! We cross the busy A753 twice, be very careful.

Please let the walk leader know if you intend to travel to the start point (Mobile 447368913186).
 

Features

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Car parking available
  • Car sharing available
  • No car needed

Meeting point

Grid reference:
NS 43973 37598
Nearest postcode:
KA3 7DD
what3words:
twitching.wiring.sprouted
Meeting time:
8:45 am

East Ayrshire Council Car Park, 95 London Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7DD, Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland We meet here to share cars for our onward journey to the walk start point. Any walkers going direct to the start of the walk should first contact the walk leader.

Starting point

Grid reference:
NS 21206 45399
Nearest postcode:
KA22 8PH
what3words:
contexts.sprinkle.beaks
Start time:
9:45 am

The first car park on the North Shore after leaving Ardrossan on the A78, directly opposite Glenview House. Nearest post code, Waterside Restaurant, KA23 9HG. Buses, No 11 from Kilmarnock to Ardrossan. No 585 from Ardrossan to West Kilbride. Please let the walk leader know if you intend to travel to the start point (Mobile 447368913186).

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking