Knockdolian Hill near Ballantrae

Knockdolian Hill is a low but striking hill set between Ballantrae and Colmonell in South Ayrshire.

It looks a bit like a mini Ailsa Craig as you descend from Glen App towards Ballantrae. In fact some call the hill The False Ailsa Craig. It looks a lot more than 870 feet!

Information on climbing Knockdolian Hill and many other walks in the Stinchar Valley can be found in an excellent leaflet produced by the Stinchar Valley Walks Club. The leaflet can be found amongst other places at the Craigiemains Garden and Visitor Centre in Ballantrae.

Heading north from Ballantrae on the main coast road, take the turn off for Colmonell just before the road ascends Benane Hill and after about a mile turn right on a minor road signposted for Ballantrae. After a short distance you will see a sign indicating the start of the walk. There are a couple of parking spaces a short distance further towards Ballantrae.

The walk ascends fairly steeply through a field to reach open hillside through a gate in the fence. Continue steeply upwards on a faint path to reach the summit which is marked by a trig point. Enjoy spendid views to Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre and Arran. To the east you can seethe River Stinchar and its valley.

The ascent is about 800 feet and the walk can be done in about 60 – 75 minutes return.

It is well worth taking time to explore Comonell Village which isĀ  nearby.

There are eight walks listed in the Stinchar Valley Walks leaflet ranging from 0.75 to 8.75 miles – well worth checking out!