Car park by playing field, B7045 Straiton KA19 7NE
Start: Car park by playing field, B7045, Straiton, KA19 7NE
End: Car park by playing field, B7045, Straiton, KA19 7NE
Distance: 5.25 miles (8.5km)
Download map, route of path also available from:http://www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk/walkstraiton.htm (Created by Ayrshire Paths) (Black path on map)
This track takes you on to Sclenteuch Moor and passes near to Loch Spallander. This area was once a grouse moor before the planting of extensive conifers. The trail is part of a long distance route to and from the Barr and Straiton area and is for well-equipped and experienced hill-walkers (especially in bad weather). With extensive views across Ayrshire, it is a fine walk on the open moor and through coniferous forest following an old coal and drove road. This is an ancient route which is shown on Armstrong's 1773 map of Ayrshire. The old stone walls can still be seen crossing the moor and closer examination offers the opportunity to study the techniques of the dry stane dyke builders of the past. You cannot fail to be impressed. Ruins of the cottage at the Dhu Loch may provide a little shelter in bad weather. Moorland birds and mammals make it attractive especially when the larks are soaring high above the heather.