Walk: Haylie Brae the healthy way

North Ayrshire | Largs | Short walk | ★★★★

[Haylie Brae main viewpoint]

Haylie Brae is the possibly the most dramatic of the several hilltop viewpoints around the seaside town of Largs, boasting outstanding views over the town and to the many islands and peninsulas dotting the Firth of Clyde. The islands of Great Cumbrae, Little Cumbrae, Arran, Bute and Ailsa Craig all make it into the panorama, not to mention parts of Kintyre and Cowal on the Argyll mainland. It's possible to drive to within a few hundred metres of the view indicator (see separate feature page), but why not earn your views by taking the local's route to the top on foot? This starts amongst the carefully-tended surroundings of Douglas Park, and a short diversion is possible to Haylie Chambered Tomb en route. This ancient burial cairn dates to 3,000 BC, and still contained the remains of five corpses when the tomb was discovered by accident in 1772.

[Views soon open up on the ascent]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Haylie Brae the healthy way ★★★★
Start / finish at Douglas Park, Irvine Road (A78) 0.5 mi south of Largs town centre, G.R.: NS 208588 ///nicely.perused.walked
🚌 Bus to start | 🚢🚆 Town centre (0.5 mi) has further train / bus connections | 🚗 Street parking on Bankhouse Avenue

▶ 2 km / 3 mi | ▲ 150 m | ⌚ Short
Features: Douglas Park; Haylie Chambered Tomb; Haylie Brae viewpoint
Moderate | Clear but very steep paths, with a few hundred steps!

Route: Start - Douglas Park - detour from top of park to Haylie Chambered Tomb - return to top of park - Haylie Brae - return by outward route

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On our visit

Wildlife: Robins & other small birds.
Weather: Warm sunshine and light winds, temperature in low teens.

Chronological photo guide

[Douglas Park]

[Views soon open up on the ascent]

[Steep climb]

[Final steps]

[View from the top of the steps]

[Main viewpoint, looking towards Arran]

[Main viewpoint, looking over Largs

[Main viewpoint, looking towards Knock Hill & Cowal]

[Looking south towards the roadside viewpoint]


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