Byne Hill near Girvan. Hillwalking in South West Scotland
Byne Hill near Girvan is only a shade over 200 metres high. The summit provides an excellent viewpoint and a very enjoyable walk which takes less than two hours.
The walk starts at the large coastal car park at the southern end of Girvan. Follow the Ayrshire Coastal Footpath either along the pavement taking in the geology of Horse Rock and Woodland Bay. It is possible to walk most of this short section along the shore when the tide allows.
From the road, take the 2nd turning on the left immediately after crossing the bridge over Bynehill Burn. Follow the farm track to a gate leading to a further track heading uphill – parallel to to the road below. Follow the easy track, pass through the first gate and cross the 2nd by a stile.The track passes a small quarry then becomes a bit steeper as the monument comes into view.
Keep aiming for the monument which was erected in memory of Lord Ardmillan who was a former resident of Ardmillan Castle below.
Stay on the track and go through a gate in the field boundary on the left to begin the short but steep ascent crossing a barbed wire fence to the right and follow a vague path to the summit.
This is a great viewpoint which has a direction indicator with views of
Girvan and over the sea to Ailsa Criag, Arran, Holy Isle, the Mull of Kintyre and beyond.
It is probably best to return by the same route since there may still be access problems at the far end of the waymarked path leading off the hill to the northeast.