Where: Shalloch-on-Minnoch mountain,
When: March 12th 2014
Who: I Parker
Why: good weather so a day out
Height: 2,520 ft
The 2,520 feet Shalloch-on-Minnoch
mountain is situated 21 miles southeast of
Ayr next to the B741 road that runs between
the Villages of Straiton and Newton Stewart,
by the Stinchar Bridge.
The parking areas are about 1,000 ft above
sea level, so the actual hike up
Shalloch-on-Minnoch from here is about 1500
The large Car Park is just in to the left
here. The Stinchar Bridge here is situated 7
miles south of the scenic village of Straiton, next to the B741 road, as
The forest road to the left here is the
Carrick Forest Drive, that leads to Loch
Braden, Loch Riecawr, Loch Doon and
You can park at this large car park and
walk down the main road, over the bridge,
about one third of a mile to the large LayBy
where this hike begins, or drive down to the
LayBy and park there.
Road Map .
The image below is from the large LayBy
about one third of a mile south of the
Stinchar Bridge. You can park a few cars here
into the right, close to the edge, and still
leave space for passing as there is a passing
place at each side of the road, only park on
the one side though.
The small hill there is the 1,558ft
Cairnadloch, 2,162ft Caerloch Dhu behind
that, and you may just see the tip of the
2,520ft Shalloch-on-Minnoch behind that.
There is a narrow trail that runs down
past the sign here to a burn.
The image below is of the burn about 50
yards from the LayBy. This may be
un-crossable if there has been a lot of
There is a faint trail from here to the
top of Cairnadloch. Stray off this narrow
trail and you will be up to your knees in
The image below is from the top of
Cairnadloch looking towards Caerloch Dhu.
It only took about 15 minutes to get to
this point. The trail gets easier to follow
from here, a bit soggy in places though, but
The image below is from the second cairn
on Caerloch Dhu, looking south to
It took about 40 minutes to hike from
Cairnadloch to this point on Caerloch
The image below is from the low point
crossing over to the north side of
Shalloch-on-Minnoch. This low point is about
2,030ft, so is about a 500ft hike from here
to the top of Shalloch-on-Minnoch.
The faint trail leads up where most of the
snow is, then runs out when it hits the
rocks. It takes about 30 minutes to get to
If you want a tougher final hike, cross
over to the left in the image below, then
hike up the east ridge.
Large Image of
the East Ridge.
If you want an even tougher hike, go round
the bottom on the east ridge and up the east
side, but that is really steep, and a little
dangerous. Large image of
the east side route.
The image below is of the north cairn on
Shalloch-on-Minnoch with the Trig Point
further on. You get great views all around
from here, the top of Ayrshire, south to the
2,766ft Merrick, west to the Isle of Arran,
north to Irvine, and east to the Dungeon and
You can hike down all this range to the
hiking car park at Loch Trool, but that is a
real tough hike, averaging 8 hours, and you
need to get dropped off and picked up, or use
two cars for that. Large Map of the
The image below is from the east side of
Shalloch-on-Minnoch looking northeast to Loch
Riecawr and Loch Doon beyond that. The
Tunskeen Bothy is down to the right in this
The east side here only has one steep
hiking route up, the rest are scrambling
Large image of
the route up the east side.
The view below is from the north cairn on
Shalloch-on-Minnoch looking back down to
Caerloch Dhu, back the same way as this photo
tour showed the route up.
In a clear day, following the trail back
down is straight forward. In thick cloud
though, it is real difficult finding the
trail without a compass. Up here in cloud
without an OS map and compass is not
The view below is from Caerloch Dhu
looking north to Cairnadloch.
This image gives a good view of the trail,
that is like this most of the way.
The view below is from Cairnadloch looking
north to the large LayBy and Stinchar
This route is one of the easiest ways to
get to 2,500ft, averaging 1 hour 30 minutes
to the top. Doing the loup round Cornish,
Shiel, Cragmasheenie, Shalloch-on-Minnoch,
Caerloch Dhu and Cairnadloch is a lot
tougher, as Shiel and Craigmasheenie are
fairly tough hiking. Expext to take between 5
and 7 hours for that route.
This can be a great hike for amature
hikers, as long as it is a clear day. Avoid
the Shalloch-on-Minnoch hike in cloud though,
unless you know how to use a hiking map and
compass, 2,500ft in cloud can be