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Knock Hill Circular from Largs
distance 12.95km Vertical gain +244m Vertical drop -240m Durée 4h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

By combining the High and Low route options of the Ayrshire Coastal Path at Largs, you can create this circular route to the top of Knock Hill (268m / 879 ft) and back again. Enjoy panoramic views across the Firth of Clyde to the Cowal Peninsula, southern Highlands, Isle of Cumbrae and Arran, as well as down into the town of Largs itself.

Walking Glen Rosa, Isle of Arran ( Download : )
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Glen Rosa, Isle of Arran
distance 20.59km Vertical gain +447m Vertical drop -447m Durée 7h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

A beautiful hike from Brodick which follows the Glenrosa Water deep into the tranquillity of the Glen to ‘The Saddle’ before returning via the same route.

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Largs to Skelmorlie via Knock Hill
distance 16.83km Vertical gain +302m Vertical drop -296m Durée 5h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

Beginning at Largs Marina this route takes you the length of the promenade before heading inland and uphill across boggy ground towards Knock Hill. From the trig point on a clear day your efforts will be rewarded with beautiful views across the Clyde towards the isles of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran, as well as the Argyll hills and Cowal Peninsular. Descending towards Skelmorlie Castle and Wemyss Bay, with one very short exception the remainder of the walk is along quiet minor roads and pavements.

Walking Portencross to Largs ( Download : )
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Portencross to Largs
distance 11.29km Vertical gain +21m Vertical drop -21m Durée 3h15 Easy Easy
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Portencross is arguably one of the best places from which to view the Isle of Arran! The Isle of Cumbrae quickly takes it’s place as you progress towards Largs via the industrial grounds of Hunterston and the pretty town of Fairlie. Much of this walk is along cycle tracks, pavements and minor roads.

Walking Ardrossan to Portencross ( Download : )
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Ardrossan to Portencross
distance 10.27km Vertical gain +4m Vertical drop -3m Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

Plenty of beach-walking on this one, with options to use earth footpaths instead should you wish. With Portencross being the closest point on the mainland to the Isle of Arran, you have the potential for some incredible views across the Firth of Clyde.

Walking Irvine to Ardrossan ( Download : )
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Irvine to Ardrossan
distance 14.93km Vertical gain +8m Vertical drop -11m Durée 4h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

Beginning with an easy inland section along the NCN7 cycle track between Irvine and Stevenston, this walk then returns to the coast for the second half. Expect beautiful sandy beaches, wide concrete promenades and pavements. On the coastal section the Isle of Arran will accompany you to the west on a clear day! When passing, delve into local history by taking some time to read the plaques along the walls of the former Ardrossan bathing pool and boating ponds.

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Fairlie Glens and Waterfalls Circular
distance 7.67km Vertical gain +180m Vertical drop -183m Durée 2h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

On a clear day the views from this route are simply outstanding: the islands of Cumbrae & Arran and the pink sandy beaches at Fairlie and Hunterston. A variety of woodland paths, tracks and grassy hillsides lead you gently uphill past the remains of Fairlie Castle and along the base of Black Hill. The return section follows the Fairlie Moor Road and then the Ayrshire Coastal Path. There is the opportunity to visit some hidden waterfalls along the route.

Walking Irvine Beach ( Download : )
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Irvine Beach
distance 10.56km Vertical gain +3m Vertical drop -3m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
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Sandy Irvine Beach is wild, beautiful and seems to go on and on forever! In fact it stretches 3 miles along to Barassie. You can choose to walk all the way to Barassie and back, or if you are looking for a shorter walk, just go as far as you want to before turning back. Lined with high sand dunes and the Isle of Arran visible to the west, the beach here is popular with locals out for some fresh air and exercise.

Walking Rothesay Town Walk ( Download : )
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Rothesay Town Walk
distance 2.76km Vertical gain +45m Vertical drop -42m Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

This is a short circular route which has a steep incline halfway through. It links the main areas of interest in Rothesay with a woodland and seafront stroll allowing views across Rothesay Bay.

Walking Lynn Glen Circular, Dalry ( Download : )
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Lynn Glen Circular, Dalry
distance 1.87km Vertical gain +33m Vertical drop -32m Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

This short circular walk around the Caaf Water is packed with unexpected ‘fairy’ surprises hidden within a tranquil wooded glen. The gorge is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the unique and interesting rocks it contains. Perfect for families and for anyone who likes waterfalls!