Where: Girvan Hills in South Ayrshire
Height: 974 feet
When: May 26th 2012
Who: I Parker
Why: good weather so a day out to take some
Weather: Sunny about 26c/ 78f warm spell
Distance: ? miles
The hills on the south side of Girvan are
a popular hike with a fairly easy route, or
you can take some hard routes. The first hill
on the ridge is Byne Hill at 703 feet, then
Fell Hill at 755 feet, then Grey Hill at 974
feet. The walking route and range ends at
Kennedy's Pass about 1 mile north of
Lendalfoot, 5 miles south of Girvan.
I drove from Ayr to Girvan following the
main A77 road. At the south side of Girvan,
at the large roundabout as seen below, I
followed the A77 round to Girvan south beach
car park, only a few hundred yards from the
Road Map .
The Girvan south beach car park is ideal
for parking up for the hill walk. There is a
snack bar, beach to cool the feet down after
the hike, grass play area and toilets
The Map below shows the walking routes
with the green and yellow dots showing the
good hiking trail, and green and brown dots
showing the rough trails.
The parking next to the hill road is on
the farmers ground but there seems to be some
people using the parking there to view the
birds of prey on the Byne Hill cliffs.
The Parking at the hill road to the south
at Pinbain Hill is where there is a hill
road gate, and hikers gate. This place only
holds one car without blocking the road, so
is only suitable for being dropped off or
getting picked up.
I parked by the snack bar and walked about
half of a mile down the A77 on the roadside
path to the first of two roads to Byne Hill
as seen below. This building is named
This is one way to the north side of the
hill but you have to go through a holiday
park and working farm, so best to avoid this
route. You cannot cut accross to the hills
before the holiday park or farm from this
road as the stone dyke along the bottom of
the hill has an electric sheep fence on top
About 100 yards past the first road, along
the A77 footpath, there is a hill road that
leads all the way to a large Monument, Byne
Hill, Fell Hill and Grey Hill. The farmer
says this is the best route to follow as long
as you do not have dogs, as there may be
sheep, cattle and horses on the route. There
are a few parking spots here on the left side
of the hill road that people use for bird
If you are looking for a steep hike,
follow the hill road round, then cross the
field following the fence, as in the image
below, to a stile over the stone dyke with an
electric fence on top. You can then pick one
of about five steep routes up between the
rocks. These routes are so steep though, few
people go up them.
You can also cross the stone dyke here and
follow the walking markers round to the north
side, left in the image below, where there is
a well worn, fairly steep, rocky path to the
top. Images for that route can be seen at the
bottom of the page, as this tour comes back
Below is a view looking back down the hill
road towards Girvan. This is a steady climb
to the monument at the bottom of the south
side of Byne Hill.
Following the road takes you right to the
The monument was erected in memory of
Major Craufuird who served in India and took
part in the capture of Cape of Good Hope in
1795. It is well worn with the weather as can
be seen in the image below.
The monument is right at the start of the
hiking route up the rocky south side of Byne
Hill. I decided to head south first to Fell
and Grey hills then over Byne Hill on the
road back. I decided to miss the 813 ft Cairn
Hill, to the left in this image, as there
were no trails over it, just moorland.
You can see where the hill road turns to a
quad bike track in this image below looking
to Fell Hill. The first part of the track
from here was dry, but looks like it could
have been wet had it not been for this warm
spell. If it is wet, probably best to make
your way over the small hills here on the
right and onto the track further on.
From the top of Fell Hill, you get the
first clear view of the highest hill on the
range, Grey Hill at 974 feet. This looks
higher than 974 ft, probably because it is
right next to the sea.
The image below shows the Troon to Ireland
ferry passing the island of Ailsa Craig. Have
seen this ferry passing Ailsa Craig on most
of my hill waking in Ayrshire. This ferry
once held the record for the fastest Atlantic
The view below is of the trail leading to
Grey Hill summit.
The view below shows the range as it leads
down to the 734 ft Pinbain Hill and road just
south of Kennedy's Pass, about 1 mile
north of Landalfoot. There is a place to park
where the trail meets the A77 road so you
could get dropped off or picked up there.
That car park is not suitable for leaving
Image of the
south side parking and gate.
You can also see Landalfoot Hill in the distance
that is a good scenic climb, right next to
The view below is from the top of Grey
Hill looking west towards Ailsa Craig. The
wind must have been about 40 mph up here.
Girvan beach had no wind at all when I left,
and when I got back.
Heading back to Girvan and the rocky Byne
Going up the south side of Byne Hill,
following the path, gives great views down
over the Monument, Ardmillan Castle
Holiday Park and Ailsa Craig.
Heading up the rocky south side of Byne
Below is the Byne Hill summit with a brass
plate on top giving directions to the main
attractions all around.
The view below shows the lower north part
of Byne Hill. The lower part is where you get
great views down over Girvan. The lower part
has a few cliffs, so best keep any children
well away from them. There is a good path to
The view below is going down the north
side, a great way up or down. Note the farm
and holiday park down there.
The view below shows the north side of
Byne Hill. They have a race up here in the
first week of June each year for people that
are a bit on the crazy side. The Girvan
Lowland Gathering Byne Hill Race.
The view below shows the exit/entrance to
the north side of Byne Hill. The road here
leads through a working farm and holiday
park. To avoid the farm and holiday park,
follow the stone dyke, a few hundred yards,
on the hill side, round to the the Stile that
crosses over this dyke, then cross a field to
the hill road where the hike began.
The view below shows the stile leading
back to the hill road from where the hike
I took this image from another hike to
Byne Hill, when going over the stile and
straight up one of the steepest sections
between the cliffs. I parked my car at the
side of the hill road, just off the A77 for
that hike, as I was just going up Byne Hill
The walk following the hill road out to
Grey Hill was fairly easy and safe for
children. Byne Hill was the most interesting
hill with great views down over Girvan. Just
had to watch out for the cliffs on Byne Hills
The second hike I done was just to Byne
Hill, so went straight up the steepest route
I could see. There are about five tough
routes up, so could be back to try the