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Best Girvan Walks - Dow Hill

Dow Hill – A small climb with a big view

Girvan is a great base for hillwalking with several trails starting at the edge of the town. One of the less-challenging climbs is to the summit of Dow Hill (pronounced Doo) where the reward at the top far outweighs the effort to get there. This scenic Girvan walk starts from Coalpots Road not far from the Shallochpark Roundabout – look out for the signpost directing you to the Girvan to Barr Hill Path.

Once you are through the gate, follow the gravel trail uphill and over the bridge that crosses the Girvan to Stranraer railway line. As you continue, the craggy peak of Dow Hill appears on your right. Reaching the summit involves crossing grazing ground used by livestock so make sure you follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and keep any dogs under close control.

From the elevated viewpoint, there are sweeping vistas across the Firth of Clyde towards Ailsa Craig, Kintyre, and Arran, while Girvan is spread out below. On a clear day, you can even see the coast of Northern Ireland.

In the other direction, multiple peaks unfold across the horizon – maybe you’ll be tempted to bag another of Girvan’s green rolling hills. If you’re looking for a more challenging climb with a spectacular view, Byne Hill is a popular choice.

Take some time to savour this special landscape where the summits meet the sea and ancient history lies beneath your feet. Did you know Dow Hill was home to a hill fort and is actually a scheduled monument?

When you are ready, make your way back to town and treat yourself to a bite to eat in one of the local cafes or restaurants – you deserve it!

Head to our walking page for more information about the Dow Hill trail and other Girvan walks, including Dinvin Motte, another hillfort close to Girvan.