Walk: Windy Hill - it's a breeze!
A quick ascent of Windy Hill near Lochwinnoch is the easiest way to experience the solitude and views of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park without tramping across miles of pathless moorland. The cairn on the aptly-named, open summit is made of stones carried up by local schoolchildren in the 1970's, and the views from here into the park's interior are excellent. Perhaps a candidate for a Glasgow post-work walk?
|[The first section through forest contrasts nicely with the open slopes higher up]|
Name: Walk: Windy Hill - it's a breeze! ★★★☆☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 100 metres
Main summits: Windy Hill (316 metres)
Points of interest: Muirshiel Visitor Centre
Start / finish: Car park at Muirshiel Visitor Centre, minor road end 4 miles north-west of Lochwinnoch, G.R.: NS 312632 / expensive moats perch
Route: Car park & visitor centre - Monument Wood - Windy Hill - return by outward route
Terrain: Excellent paths: stony lower down, grassy near summit, occasionally steep.
Wildlife today: Woodland birds.
Weather today: Evening sunshine with a moderate breeze on the summit.
|[The summit affords good views of Glasgow (right) as well as into the heart of the Regional Park]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands