Carrick hills, Culzean, and Glenshalloch wood
mountain bike route NOTE this route needs low tide
Distance 35km climb 300m
Park in Maybole (railway station).
Cross the railway by the bridge right and left steeply uphill, out of Maybole.
Cross the minor road climbing again and at the top of the hill fork off toward Howmoor cottage
ruin (MR 279120).
Go past Howmoor and after a rise in 300m go off left (west) down to a muddy dip, cross it follow
the faint track to a small gate (300m), through the gate go right up the rise then left to another rise.
From here the rough track contours round the hillside to a rough area.
Do not take the more obvious lower path but contour round (some walk) to a faint path, continue
contouring eventually to the stream from Drumshang Loch.
On the far side of the stream is a lovely little track down to the trees at MR 263139.
Cross trhe fence at the south corner of the trees and follow the edge of the field to the obvious
Go north downhill from the lochan to the A719. Go left and just beyond Drumshang farm leave
the road right through a gate down to the old railway, go left 100m and leave the old railway going
right down a faint track which zig zags to the beach.
The beach is a little hard going so search out the firm sand. Leave the beach at the little car park
and minor road MR243110.
In 500m go right up to a crossing of tracks (500m) go right into Culzean, beware vehicles coming
toward you the road is one way so take the track on the right to the centre cafe, but watch for
From the centre fork right uphill a little and follow the main road past, castle, car park, walled
garden and eventually the swan pond. Beyond the swan pond the road becomes a track, go left up
through the caravan park to the road above Maidens shore front.
At the main road go left and in 100m right on a bend in 100m fork left again on to a track.
Follow this track to Turberry (right and left at a group of buildings, eventually reaching holiday
homes and the main road.
Go left to the junction of the A77 go straight across (slightly right) onto a minor road.
Follow the signs for Dailly to the crossroads at MR235039, go left here going between Kirk Hill
and Quarrel Hill, keep left round to High Newlands ruin.
Just beyond High Newlands go off the road right over a stile, follow the track through
Glenshalloch wood looking out on the left for the access to the quarry, it's at a steep section on
a bend and isn't obvious. Go north through the quarry at the north end climb up left onto a high
track and right out of the quarry. Go left ignore tracks on the left and follow the sometimes
muddy track down through Craigfin Wood, through a wooden gate, a metal gate, a side gate
down to the crossroads at Spring Garden. Take the minor road north to Maybole cross the A77
and return to the start.
Caution the GPX will be less accurate over rough ground as it was map plotted from the description
and my memory of the route.