Walk: Byne Hill panorama

South Ayrshire | Girvan | Half day walk | ★★★

[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.

[Crauford Monument]

📌 Walk: Byne Hill panorama ★★★
Start / finish at Shalloch Mill (space for a few cars), A77 2 mi south of Girvan, G.R.: NX 179957 ///panic.freely.disposal

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 270 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Summits: Byne Hill (214 m) | Features: Crauford Monument
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.

Route & map

Start - Myoch Bridge on A77 - stile at G.R.: NX 180952 - base of northeast ridge - Byne Hill - Crauford Monument - Myoch Bridge - start


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Ponies around the monument, sheep lower down.
Weather: Dry with generous sunshine. Temperature in mid-teens, with a slight breeze on the summit.

[Ailsa Craig dominates views from the summit]

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