Stage 12 Largs to Skelmorlie
The Pencil – Largs Seafront – Largs Pier – Vikingar – then: Choice of two Routes:
12A. ‘High Road’ up Noddsdale Water – Brisbane Glen Road – Brisbane Mains Farm – The Knock Hill – Blackhouse Burn – Red Road to Skelmorlie – Kelly Burn and County Boundary
Distance: 15 km = 9.3 mile Time: 4.5 hours
Walking summary: Moderate – pavements, paths, farm track, 200 m ascent, minor road, trunk road crossing. Sensitive livestock area – Lambing and calving. Dogs not advised unless on close lead.
12B. ‘Low Road’ along Routenburn Road ((Red Road) – Knock Castle – Meigle – A78 (T) – Skelmorlie Bridge – Skelmorlie Castle – Red Road to Skelmorlie – Kelly Burn and County Boundary
Distance = 11.5 km = 7.1 miles Time: 3.5 hours
Walking Summary: Easy – pavements, minor roads, trunk road crossing.
We strongly advise purchase of the Guide Book for a detailed description and map of the route. Plus OS Explorer Map 341.
Car Parks: Largs Yacht Haven Public Car Park – Skelmorlie Station Road.
Historical: Site of Battle of Largs. Neolithic chambered cairn. Skelmorlie Aisle. Vikingar Visitor Centre. Netherhall – former home of Lord Kelvin. Brisbane Glen – birthplace of Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane. The Prophet’s Grave. The Knock – Iron Age vitrified fort.
General: Beach promenade. Small visitor-friendly holiday resort. Ferry to Cumbrae and round the island bicycle trip. Trips on the Waverley. RNLI Station. Panoramic views from The Knock.
Nature: Coastal flora and fauna. Marine Research Centre on Cumbrae.
Eating/Provisions: Largs town centre shops, pubs and restaurants. Skelmorlie shops and pubs.
Public Toilets: Largs Pencil (Apr-Sep 0900 – 1800). Largs Pier (All year 0700 – 1800). Largs Broomfields (All year 0800 – 1700). Aubery Park (All year 0800 – 1700). Wemyss Bay Pier.
Accommodation: Largs B&Bs, hotels and guest houses. Skelmorlie B&Bs, hotels and guest houses. Skelmorlie Caravan and Campsite. See the accommodation section for more information.