Walk: Cauld Rocks steps up!

North Ayrshire | Largs | Short walk | ★★★

[View from Cauld Rocks]

Ayrshire's Gogo Glen has long been a popular destination for its woodland and waterfalls, but it's on the slopes above where activity is really stepping up. A seriously ambitious afforestation project was underway on our 2021 visit, and new paths have been constructed up to a small hilltop mast above Auchenmaid Craigs. The heavily engineered surfaces and wide steps seem a bit incongruous amidst the barren moorland, but make for a swift ascent to the top. The very best views are reserved, however, for a little further on at Cauld Rocks. Here, the foreground drops steeply away to reveal the town of Largs backed by the Firth of Clyde and its myriad islands.

[Path towards Auchenmaid Craigs]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Cauld Rocks steps up!★★★
Start / finish on Bellesdale Avenue, 0.5 mi east of Largs town centre, G.R.: NS 212593 ///shortage.lunge.footpath
🚌 Eastern Avenue | 🚢🚆 Town centre (0.5 mi) has further train / bus connections | 🚗 Street parking

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 260 m | ⌚ Short
Features: Gogo Glen; △ Auchenmaid Crags mast (290 m); Cauld Rocks viewpoint
Moderate | Clear tracks (steeper & rougher on ascent) lower down, excellent path higher up. Steep gradients.

Route: Start - descend to Gogo Glen - after hydro building, track ascends to junction at G.R.: NS 228595 - start of hill path at G.R.: NS 227595 - Auchencraig Craigs mast - Cauld Rocks - start

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On our visit

Wildlife: Small forest & moorland birds, otherwise quiet.
Weather: Sunny, temperature in low teens.

Chronological photo guide

[Arran seen from near the start]

[Gogo Glen]

[Gogo Glen]

[Climbing out of Gogo Glen]

[Looking south towards Rigging Hill]

[Track above Gogo Glen]

[Path towards Auchenmaid Craigs]

[Summit mast]

[Firth of Clyde from the summit]

[Largs from Cauld Rocks]

[Looking northwest]

[Descent back to Largs]

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