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Carrick Walks No 3

Kildoon Captured

4.5 / 5 miles Time 2 - 3 hours

On road, track and path

Wherever you travel in Scotland you can expect to see the occasional hilltop garnished by a cairn or, more pretentiously, a monument. Regular travellers on the A77, passing near Maybole, cannot fail to have spotted the stone pencil south of the town.

It’s a pleasant walk to find your way to the monument and to read its inscription – and while you’re there find yourself in the site of a fort that is over 2,000 years old and home to early Carrick dwellers.

ROUTE Starting from Maybole Station cross and walk through The Green to the left corner, and continue down to High Street where you turn right. Pass the Town Hall, part of which was the town house of the Lairds of Blairquhan, and after about ¼ mile bear left down Coral Glen spotting the ‘the wee spout in the glen’ with its couthy motto but now sadly neglected..

At the foot of the hill branch right up Allan’s Hill, round Our Lady and St Cuthbert’s Church to emerge into a rural landscape, with Kildoon in full view. Follow the road, crossing the little ford by the bridge and, later, the railway bridge. After ½ mile turn right up a sign-posted track and, at the top of the hill turn left through a kissing gate to make your way out to the monument to Sir Charles Fergusson of Kilkerran which was erected in 1853. While you’re there look for the signs of the man-made embankments and ditches which mark the hill fort.

At this point you can return the way you came giving you a round walk of 4.5 miles.

If you feel like exploring further and adding another mile turn left when you’re back at the gate, make your way down to the road, and turn left .to pass Spring Garden Farm. Another left after the farm leads you back to Maybole by shortly joining the outward route.

This walk is on part of the developing Carrick Way and is one of its key-note routes for views.

DREW MOYES 01290 550276 realise@globalnet.co.uk