Walk: Ardmore Point's birds & bays

[Looking towards Greenock from Ardmore Point]

Just over the border into Argyll but within easy reach of Glasgow, Ardmore Point reaches prominently into the Firth of Clyde. The Hill of Ardmore at its heart was once a tidal island, with falling sea levels now exposing large raised beaches on all sides. A handy footpath circumnavigates the headland, with superb views over the Clyde towards Helensburgh, Greenock and the Rosneath Peninsula. Winter is the best time to visit, when large numbers of waders and ducks overwinter on the tidal flats here. Obvious paths make navigation simple but wear decent boots or wellies: wooden pallets also haphazardly bridge several seriously muddy ruts between the car park and the northern shore, perfectly positioned to pivot the unwary walker into the depths.

[Views over the Firth of Clyde are excellent throughout - this is at the start]

Name: Walk: Ardmore Point's birds & bays ★☆☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: Negligible
Points of interest: Ardmore Point
Start / finish: Minor road end, 2 miles west of Cardross, G.R.: NS 323787 / migrate excavate timing

Route: Circuit of Ardmore Point coastline in either direction
Terrain: Clear path, very muddy for the first stretch between fences (first when going anticlockwise) but then tends to improve.
Wildlife today: Lots of wading birds and ducks, notably shelducks, wigeons, eiders and oystercatchers.
Weather today: Often sunny with large clouds around and showers over hills. Strong easterly breeze, temperature in single figures.

[Rainbow over Helensburgh seen from the north side of the headland]

Route credit: Walkhighlands

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