Walk: Ness Glen - drama on the straight & narrow

[Ness Glen]

A sign at the start boldly proclaims Ness Glen to be one of Britain's finest rock gorges, so it may come as a surprise to hear that this dramatic spot is situated in East Ayrshire! Nothing to do with the river of the same name flowing from Loch Ness - instead, the water originates in the Galloway Hills surrounding Loch Doon. Historically a popular tourist attraction, the paths fell into disuse for decades before massive upgrades by the Craigengillan Estate have restored access in recent years. Excellent paths and dozens of bridges follow white water into the dark confines of the glen, with further new paths back along the top. A tiny, useful takeaway provides refreshments (and toilets) at the start.

[Numerous bridges help traverse the confines of the gorge base]

Name: Walk: Ness Glen - drama on the straight & narrow ★★★☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 70 metres
Points of interest: Ness Glen
Start / finish: Car park at Loch Doon dam, G.R.: NS 476012 / estimates richest lives

Route: Car park - Ness Glen along burn path - suspension bridge over burn - start via top of gorge
Terrain: Clear mud footpaths with slippery bridges, rocky in places.
Wildlife today: Dippers on the burn; a couple of grey heron.
Weather today: Cloudy and dry, temperatures in mid-teens.

[Ness Glen]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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