Where: Brown Carrick Hill by Dunure &
When: May 12th 2012
Who: I Parker
Why: wanted to see what the view was like
from the top
Weather: Sunny Spells
Distance: ? miles, height 941 feet
Brown Carrick Hill is the highest hill
close to Ayr. It is situated on a range that
runs from south of Alloway Village on the
south side of Ayr, to Dunure 5 miles
There are a number of ways up to the top
of this hill, including driving most of the
way to the communications towers, then walk
the rest. This road leads off the Ayr to
Dunure coastal road, marked Carrick Hills
Another route is to walk out from Ayr
along the coast to the Heads of Ayr cliffs, then
follow the road from there to the
This photo tour is from Dunure Harbour, as
seen below, where there is parking in front
of the Inn, behind the Inn, or at the Castle
Park behind the Inn. This hike seems more
than 941 feet up, but that is probably
because it starts from about 10 feet above
sea level. The hike begins here and follows
the road left when exiting the harbour, up
Google Map .
Walking up out of Dunure on Station Road,
you pass a few interesting looking houses
looking out over the sea. These houses just
above Dunure are in the area named
Where the road meets the main coastal
road, as seen below, you cross straight over
and up past Fisherton School. This road is
marked the Maybole Hill Road.
In the image below, you can see Brown
Carrick Hill in the distance, and Dunduff
Castle just right of the tree.
The map below shows the routes onto the
hills. This map also shows the coastal
walking route between Ayr and Dunure via the
Heads of Ayr Cliffs. The coastal route, and
hill route in a loup, will be about 20
You can also see where the roadside
parking is on the Carrick Hills Road, a handy
place if you want to hike to the top the easy
way. That parking is on grass by the side of
A few hundred yards past Fisherton School,
you turn right following the walking signs. A
few hundred yards along that road, you follow
the walking signs up onto the hills, as seen
The view below is looking from the hill
road back down to Fisherton, and Dunure below
that next to the sea.
You pass a number of gates on the road up.
One of the top gates has a stone dyke. Follow
this dyke until you are above Dunduff Castle.
This is the direct route to Brown Carrick
Another route is continue following the
hill road up into the woods, through the
woods, past a loch, then out onto the
southeast side of the hill. To view this
route, use the Google Map
Link then change to Satellite to see the
loch and road through the forest.
The view below is looking down over
Dunduff Castle. Work
to build this castle began in the 1600s, but
it is believed the castle was never fully
completed. A local family had the castle
completed in the 1990s.
Below is an image after heading up over
the hills from the castle. There is a narrow
path where the higher trees meet the lower
After clearing the trees, it is a steady
hike up onto a false summit, from where you
get the first view of the trig point
The top of Brown Carrick Hill gives great
views all around, such as, out over Ailsa
Craig to Ireland, west over the Isle of Arran
and Mull of Kintyre, north over Ayr as seen
below, and on a really clear day, as far
north as the mountains north of Glasgow.
The view 20 miles east shows the New Cumnock hills that are
over 2,000 feet, and the view 26 miles
southeast shows the Loch Riecawr hills
at over 2,500 feet.
You can walk about 2 miles north along
this ridge, past the right side of the
communications towers to the 646 feet Newark
Hill, where you get good views down over
Alloway and Ayr.
If you follow the road down from the
communications towers towards Ayr, you will
cross the hill road running across the hills
west to east. Next to the hill road is a nice
looking cairn, as seen below, from where you
get views north to Newark Hill.
From the west side of Newark Hill, as seen
below, you get good views over Ayr. Burton
Farm is the closest building to be seen in
the image below. There is a farm track that
runs down from the hills here, past Burton
Farm, then to the main coastal road that runs
between Ayr and Dunure.
Make sure you go down this track on the
west side, as the other tracks take you down
into Newark Estate, that is a sporting estate
with hunting going on.
The Pheasant shooting season is from the
beginning of October to the end of January,
so best also avoid Newark Hill in these
months as many Pheasant shoots take place up
on the hill. I found this out the hard way,
as when hiking down off Newark Hill one day
in November, so many Hooray Henry's began
letting off, the 16th Infantry Regiment would
have been out-gunned.
Also, the lambing season is from February
to April, so best avoid this route then as
well. Any dogs have to be kept on a lead.
The wide view below shows Newark Hill
right, Burton farm road just right of centre,
the Alloway walking/cycle lane just left of
centre, and Dunure Road left that runs
between Ayr and Dunure.
The farm track from the west side of
Newark Hill leads down from the hill to the
farm road a few hundred yards before Burton
Farm as seen below. The farm road below goes
past Burton Farm, not through it, so you are
not bothering anyone. Burton Farm has been
converted to some really nice looking
apartments. This route can be taken from Ayr
or Alloway to Newark Hill itself, or you can
park here and walk to Newark Hill for good
views over Ayr.
There is a walking/cycle lane just across
Dunure Road here that leads to Greenan Castle
and beach, then on to Ayr beach.
You can also walk into Ayr centre
following the footpath next to Dunure
You can also walk in Dunure Road about 1
mile, then walk down Earls Way to the beach,
then follow the beach walking/cycle lane to
Google Map .