Loudoun Hill Inn - Loudoun Hill Summit - Loudoun Hill Inn

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This is a return hill walk up the popular Loudoun Hill which is a very prominent local landmark near the head of the river Irvine valley. It's a very steep 60m high volcanic plug with rock cliffs on one side. The hill stands above moorland, and commands 360 degree views (see photo on the right). On clear days the coast, 40km away, and the Isle of Arran beyond, are visible. This short walk starts along a quiet lane, uphill to the start of short footpaths to the hill. In a wet winter the first path can get quite boggy as adjacent fields drain into the burn under the trees alongside the path. Although not very high; the hill itself is a bit of a challenge and some very steep scrambling is required so this walk and climb should only be undertaken if you are reasonably fit and agile. The hill is a popular rock climbing venue, being one of a small number of rocky outcrops in central Scotland.

This walk is suitable for older teenagers, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Okay for dogs, but hopeless for wheelchairs & buggies. Suitable footwear will be boots and there should be no problems for anyone wearing shorts. At the beginning and end of the route there is a hill Visitor’s Centre with café, picnic tables, toilets and a pub. The café is quite big so you should be able to get a good meal with your drink without needing to book; an excellent finish to a good walk.

Scotland - South Scotland - Ayrshire and Arran - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife