Walk: Skipness River - infused with garlic

[Skipness River]

A quick wander along Skipness River provides an enjoyable outing in this remote corner of Kintyre if you've time to spare, for example, before catching the ferry from nearby Claonaig to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran. Upstream from Skipness Castle's car park is a small but picturesque gorge carved by the tumbling burn; the air is filled with the smell of wild garlic in spring and early summer, with colourful foxgloves and rhododendrons lining the paths. A bit of a maze of routes leads up towards a small iron age fort with great views across to Arran (best in the afternoon) with a choice of ways back through.

[The outward path traverses the side of a small gorge]

Name: Walk: Skipness River - infused with garlic ★☆☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 60 metres
Points of interest: Skipness River; Dùnan Breac iron age fort
Start / finish: Car park for Skipness Castle at the east end of Skipness, G.R.: NR 903579 / spot parading singing

Route: Car park - path junction at NR 901581 - straight ahead to Dùnan Breac - continue to return to earlier path junction - cross river and follow far bank downstream - start
Terrain: Forest paths, overgrown at times.
Wildlife today: Bumblebees out enjoying the sunshine; a few midges.
Weather today: Warm, sunny intervals.
Anything else? Route may have become impassable - awaiting confirmation.

[The return is through a delightful tunnel of rhododendron bushes]

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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