Irvine Bogside and Garnock Floods

There were a lot of options on offer today from Air na Creagan Mountaineering Club  with other members off having adventures in Glen Shiel and the Mamores.

We'd opted to stay local doing a walk on Irvine Bogside and Garnock Floods which Alan L has been enticing us with.

Irvine station was the start point for Alan L, Eleanor, Gail, Steve, Tracey, Noah and Honey dog.  The first section of the walk follows the National Cycle Route 7 which also doubles up with the Ayrshire Coastal Path.  When you get to Irvine Golf Club, it's time to leave the NCR7 and head over to Irvine Bogside SSSI.  This also happens to have the abandoned Irvine Bogside Racecourse which used to host the Scottish Grand National.

You really feel like you are in the middle of nowhere as you make your way round the old track looking over the River Garnock to the Ardeer peninsula and the now empty Big Idea.

We soon hit a section of woodland which the local ornithologists rate for seeing owls.  Today though we take …

Kaim Hill

For some reason I have the League of Gentlemen in my head when I think of this hill.......... this is a local hill for local people...... Well it is only half an hour's drive from home.
Kaim Hill sits within Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.  Even though I've lived in the area for over 8 years it's not a hill that we've ever been up.  My research on routes found very few official ones written up though there is this one on the Park's website which formed the basis of the route we were planning.
Steve and I met Carol and Don at Fairlie Station.  There is a small car park here but I also like the fact that we could do this very easily by train.
The start of the route has you going through a lane that looks like you're wandering into someone's front garden and then into a fairy glen with a lovely babbling stream.  Soon enough we were leaving the woods and out onto the moor. 

We decided as there wasn't much in the way of actual path that this would be a good …

Lochranza to Brodick "haute route"

As far as walks go, this has to be up there as one of our favourites.  It may be a long one, at least 21km whatever version you do, but it's a good one.  The joy of this route is you have multiple options for making your way back to Brodick.
Roll call at the 7am ferry saw Don, Eleanor, Gail, Gary, Lorraine, Steve, Marie and Caroline lining up in the breakfast queue to carb load in preparation for the days exertions.  Gillian was waiting for us at the bus. The weatherpeeps ensured us we would have a dry day though it was a wee bit on the cool side considering it's June.
The bus dropped us at the Lochranza Distillery and we made good progress up Gleann Easan due to the relatively good conditions underfoot from the recent dry spell.  Once we were over the river it was the first climb of the day up onto Sail an Im.

We were soon onto the ridge and drinking in the views before us.  Looking north, we could see the Paps of Jura but it was our route ahead which was getting our attenti…

Keeping it local - Misty Law

One thing's for sure, the beast from the east kinda disrupted the plans for the weekend.  While Ballater may have been the desired destination, playing in the snow was always the aim.  So the fact that there had been a dump of snow practically on the doorstep meant time to explore the snowfields of Clyde Muirshiel Park.

It was me and the two Steves.  Misty Law was the target.  Route was straight from the village of Lochwinnoch.  This meant no need to worry about getting to the start as we just parked in the village.  This route utilises minor road then landrover track practically all the way to the top.  Should be relatively straightforward..................... except for the people eating drifts obliterating the track!!!

Suffice to say, it was quiet out on the route.  Only met one other couple who had turned back after getting swallowed up by the drifts once too often.  But we carried on even though there were a couple of attempts on us.  At Mistylaw Muir we took the decision to …