Walk: Brown Carrick Hill - caravans, crabs & castle
|[View over Ayr from Brown Carrick Hill]|
An interesting hill walk? In Ayrshire? This ascent of Brown Carrick Hill cleverly combines a grassy summit with a beguiling section of the Ayrshire coastal way, starting from the lovely fishing village of Dunure - complete with its ruined castle, harbour and the Dunure Inn (which serves food). Finding the right day requires a bit of planning - sections of the coast path are tidal - but hopefully you'll have a few minutes spare to dabble in the rock pools: crabs of all shapes and sizes guaranteed! Before all that though, you've a small hill to climb, with excellent views all the way into the Highlands from the broad summit on a clear day.
|[Parts of the coastal section of the route are tidal - plan accordingly]|
📌 Walk: Brown Carrick Hill - caravans, crabs & castle ★★★☆☆
Length: 14 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 350 metres
Main summits: Brown Carrick Hill (287 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Ayrshire coastline; Dunure; Dunure Castle
Start / finish: Limited street parking at Dunure harbour, G.R.: NS 254160 ///image.request.lordship
Route: Car park, Dunure & harbour - Dunure Castle - Fisherton - track junction just before Dunduff Farm - Brown Carrick Hill - radio masts - road to east - Heads of Ayr caravan park - start via coast path
Terrain: Paths (variety of surfaces), tracks, roads (mostly quiet or with pavement). Sustained ascent from Dunure, but not too steep; very short boggy sections.
Wildlife today: Sheep & lambs, cows, roe deer. Rock pool life and seabirds on coastal stretch. Biting horseflies on the hill.
Weather today: Sunshine with temperature in mid-20s, but a light sea breeze for most of the walk.
Anything else? Short parts of the coastal section are submerged for up to a couple of hours either side of high tide.
>> Dunure ★★☆☆☆
>> Dunure Castle ★★☆☆☆
|[Brown Carrick Hill seen from the A719]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track
|[Dunure Castle (13/2/16)]|
|[Middle section of the ascent to Brown Carrick Hill]|
|[Summit and trig point]|
|[Looking west from the summit]|
|[Looking towards the eastern summit]|
|[The descent follows a quiet road]|
|[Views from the dismantled railway section of the coast path]|
|[Steps down to the shoreline]|
|[Shoreline section ahead - partly tidal]|
|[Along the coast]|
|[Approach to Dunure]|