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.
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) From the Viking statue near the ferry terminal on Largs shorefront, head North for approx 1km to reach Aubery Park and it's pond.
(1) Cut across Aubery park and turn right (North East) to follow the Noddsdale Water onto the A78.
Turn right (South) onto the A78 then first left (East) onto Barr Crescent.
(2) This residential street becomes Noddleburn Road. Where it starts to bend away from the burn look out for a footpath to the left (North) and follow it along the edge of the burn for 800m.
The footpath leads onto Glen Avenue. Turn left (North East) and follow Glen Avenue to emerge onto Brisbane Glen Road.
(3) Turn left (North) and walk along Brisbane Glen Road for 640m to a fork.
(4) Turn left (North) to follow the way-marked track to Brisbane Mains Farm. The route passes through the farmyard and through a gate.
(5) Head North from the farmyard. After 1km the rough path bends to the left (North West). 300m further along look out for an Ayrshire Coastal Path marker post - turn left (North West) for the Knock Hill path.
(6) The path heads South and circles around Knock Hill up to the summit trig point.
(7) From the summit descend via the same route. Instead of returning to the marker post (5), look out for a minor path on your left-hand side approx 400m along the path from the base of the hill. Turn onto the path (North West) to head down towards a wall.
(8) When you meet up with the wall, turn right (North) to follow it along to a gate.
Go through the gate and follow the field boundary fence downhill - fence on your right-hand side.
(9) You will pass through a small woodland area with some steep, tricky uneven ground, to emerge onto Routenburn Road.
(10) Turn left (South) as indicated by the Ayrshire Coastal Path signage “Low Road/ Red Road to Largs”.
(11) Stay on this minor road for approx 3.2km, passing behind Knock Castle, to reach A78/Greenock Road.
(12) Turn left (South East) then and at the other side of the bridge cross the road and turn right (West) to go back into Aubery Park.
Retrace your steps along Largs esplanade back to the Viking statue (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 10ft - Viking statue, Largs shorefront
1 : mi 0.5 - alt. 3ft - Aubery Park
2 : mi 0.99 - alt. 36ft - Footpath on left
3 : mi 1.98 - alt. 115ft - Fork
4 : mi 2.4 - alt. 177ft - Brisbane Mains Farm
5 : mi 3.19 - alt. 479ft - Left turn for Knock Hill
6 : mi 4 - alt. 643ft - Knock Hill summit
7 : mi 4.56 - alt. 499ft - Minor path on the left
8 : mi 4.72 - alt. 433ft - Gate in wall
9 : mi 5.12 - alt. 230ft - Steep downhill woodland path
10 : mi 5.24 - alt. 131ft - Routenburn Road - ACP marker posts
11 : mi 5.72 - alt. 246ft - View to Knock Castle
12 : mi 7.39 - alt. 20ft - Right turn into Aubery Park
D/A : mi 8.05 - alt. 10ft - Viking statue, Largs shorefront
An easy first stage along Largs esplanade soon gives way to farm tracks and boggy hillside paths before a gradual ascent to the summit trig point. The descent takes you West across farmland and through pleasant woodland then along a minor road back to the esplanade.
Livestock possible at Brisbane Mains Farm and on the open hillside - please be a responsible dog owner.
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