Cornish Hill – South Ayrshire
A relatively easy loop walk in Galloway Forest Park with great views. 3.5 miles
Although Cornish Hill is 460 metres high the car park is over 300 metres above sea level so that the ascent is fairly modest. There is a good track all the way which makes this one of the easiest hill walks in South West Scotland with excellent views.
From Bargrennan near Glen Trool, follow the road northwards (signposted for Straiton) past the Range of the Awful Hand which includes the Merrick and Shalloch on Minnoch.
A few miles before Straiton, on the right hand side of the road, is a parking and picnic area at Stinchar Bridge. From here a good path goes south across the Stinchar then south east, initially though woodland then onto open hill-side to the summit of Cornish Hill which is marked by a cairn. There are excellent views including the rugged peaks of Arran. On clear days the top of Ben Lomond may even be seen 60 miles away.
The path continues on an easy descent to the shore of Cornish Loch which, though only a short distance from the road, has a splendid sense of remoteness and peace. From here the path heads northwards alongside the Water of Girvan. After a while the path leads away from the infant river on a slight ascent to join the forest road from Stinchar Bridge to Loch Doon. Turn left at this point and walk along the road for about 1km back to the carpark.
It is well worth driving along the forest road to Loch Doon (a ticket is required – £2 at time of writing). The road is unsealed so care is required but it is well maintained by Forestry Commission Scotland. The route passes stunning scenery and several lochs to reach Loch Doon and the ruins of Loch Doon Castle,