Corlic Hill, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

Good trails take you along to Corlic Hill summit (303 m / 994 ft) on the north-eastern perimeter of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, less than an hour's drive from Glasgow. On a clear day you will enjoy exceptional views down into the Clyde Valley, across to the Cowal Peninsula and over towards the southern Highlands. The return section takes you past the ancient ruins of Burnhead and Glenbrae farmsteads and between the tranquil Gryfe reservoirs. 

Technical sheet
No. 22090545
A Inverclyde walk posted on 19/05/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 25/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h05[?]
Distance Distance : 5.88mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 430ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 423ft
Highest point Highest point : 961ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 610ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Inverclyde
Starting point Starting point : N 55.927077° / W 4.770206°
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Glenbrae Corlic Hill Summit Corlic Hill and Gryfe Reservoirs

Description

(D/A) Starting at the Corlic Hill Path marker post on Old Largs Road, head South up a single track road.

(1) 1.6km along, after passing a mast, keep right (East) at a fork to move onto a gravel track. Corlic Hill soon comes into view.

(2) After 570m you will reach a stile at the corner of two dry stone walls.

(3) Cross the stile and follow a clearly visible grassy path directly ahead (East) up to the summit of Corlic Hill.

Descend via the same route back to the stile (2). Cross back over the stile and walk along the track with the dry stone wall on your left-hand side.

(4) 100m along go through a gate on your left which takes you on to a grassy area.

(5) Head South towards an obvious cluster of trees where you will find the ruined farmstead of Burnhead.

(6) From here head South West for 200m on a grassy path, to a gravel track.

(7) Turn left (South East) onto the track heading downhill for 400m to arrive at the larger Glenbrae ruin, again hidden amongst a cluster of trees.

(8) You will find a gate to the east of Glenbrae ruins which you should pass through.

(9) Head South across the field to another gate at the bottom of the hill.

Go through the gate, across the stream then turn right (West) to walk along a raised embankment and onto a  path between Gryfe 1 and Gryfe 2 reservoirs.

(10) Turn right (West) onto a forestry track. After 1.6km keep right (North West) at a fork. Continue on the forestry track for a further 800m to reach Old Largs Road.

Turn right (North East) and walk along Old Largs Road for 1.8km to return to the Corlic Hill Path marker post on Old Largs Road (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 689ft - Start of Corlic Hill path on Old Largs Road
1 : mi 1.04 - alt. 843ft - Fork
2 : mi 1.37 - alt. 807ft - Stile
3 : mi 1.59 - alt. 961ft - Corlic Hill summit
4 : mi 1.88 - alt. 814ft - Gate
5 : mi 1.97 - alt. 755ft - Burnhead farmstead
6 : mi 2.12 - alt. 715ft - Gravel track
7 : mi 2.39 - alt. 689ft - Glenbrae farmstead
8 : mi 2.41 - alt. 679ft - Gate next to Glenbrae
9 : mi 2.55 - alt. 630ft - Gate at bottom of field
10 : mi 3.19 - alt. 650ft - Forestry track
D/A : mi 5.88 - alt. 689ft - Start of Corlic Hill path on Old Largs Road

Useful Information

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Transport
Parking available for a few cars on the grass verge off Old Largs Road at the start of the Corlic Hill path, approx 800m along from Whinhill Golf Course (PA16 9LN).

Navigation
This is a vast and open landscape and although route information has been detailed here, it is recommended to also carry a map and compass for the region

Terrain
A mixture of surfaced roads, gravel tracks and boggy trails. Use of gaiters and walking poles might be preferred by some people.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park - Scotland's Largest Regional Park
  • Greenock Cut Visitor Centre at Cornalees, a short distance (driving) from the start - toilets, refreshments, information, Ranger service
  • Loch Thom
  • Gryfe 1 and Gryfe 2 reservoirs
  • Corlic Hill summit trig point
  • Burnhead Farmstead (ruins)
  • Glenbrae Farmstead (ruins)
  • Popular walk near by: The Greenock Cut

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