Walk: Byne Hill panorama
|[Byne Hill's northeast ridge]|
Byne Hill's rocky northeast ridge is a delight - short-cropped grass alternating with scrambly conglomerate knolls. Owing to local access issues this is an underused route to the top, which is blessed with superb views towards Girvan, Arran and Ailsa Craig. The return leads past a ramshackle memorial to an Archibald Crauford of the local estate, surrounded by curious ponies when we visited. A straightforward track gently descends through typical Ayrshire farmland back to the start - the catch: how do you get from the start to that lovely ascent ridge? Access tracks via Daltippan Farm or Brochneil breaker's yard are usually out of the question, which leaves a traverse along field boundaries.
Name: Walk: Byne Hill panorama ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 270 metres
Main summits: Byne Hill (214 metres)
Points of interest: Crauford Monument
Start / finish: Space for a few cars at Shalloch Mill, A77 2 miles south of Girvan, G.R.: NX 179957 / panic freely disposal
Route: Start - Myoch Bridge on A77 - stile at NX 180952 - base of northeast ridge - Byne Hill - Crauford Monument - Myoch Bridge - start
Terrain: Grassy field edges to base of ridge, then grassy footpath with odd rocky outcrops for ascent to summit and descent to monument. Good track for return.
Wildlife today: Ponies around the monument, sheep lower down.
Weather today: Dry with generous sunshine. Temperature in mid-teens, with a slight breeze on the summit.
|[Ailsa Craig dominates views from the summit]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track