One of those hidden gems Ayrshire has to offer! This is an easy walk starting in the village of Straiton and taking you into a wooded glen to visit some surprisingly spectacular waterfalls.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Leave the car park from the main entrance, cross Kirkmichael Road and turn left (North West). Almost immediately take the road on your right (North East) signposted Fowler’s Croft.
Walk along this residential street passing some pretty cottages on your left-hand side and a small burn on your right-hand side.
(1) At the end of the road follow a narrow track straight ahead into the trees (path not shown on map). You will emerge onto B741/Dalmellington Road.
(2) Turn left (East) and walk along the roadside for 750m. Shortly after passing a farm road on your right, you will come to a small parking area on your left-hand side (The walk can be shortened and the B road avoided by parking here).
You will see a footpath leading through a dry stone wall to a picnic bench. From the picnic bench follow the track right (North East) - only shown on OS map - which will lead you into the woods and past a series of lovely waterfalls. The Lambdoughty Burn should be on your left-hand side.
(3) After approx 500m cross a footbridge and follow the footpath (not shown on map) West along the other side of the burn, this time with several sets of steps and footbridges keeping things interesting.
(4) Eventually the path reaches it’s lowest point at a large footbridge and starts to head quite steeply uphill back to the picnic bench (2).
From here retrace your steps back to the car park (D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 109m - Car park off Kirkmichael Road, Straiton (KA19 7NF)
1 : km 0.29 - alt. 112m - Narrow track leading to B741, not shown on map
2 : km 1.15 - alt. 157m - Small parking area
3 : km 1.73 - alt. 184m - Footbridge
4 : km 2.24 - alt. 150m - Footbridge
D/A : km 3.45 - alt. 109m - Car park off Kirkmichael Road, Straiton (KA19 7NF)
A mixture of tarmac roads and woodland footpaths. Several sets of steps.
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