Walk 3-3: Crossing the Border

This route along the eastern side of Loch Ryan is steeped in history, and provides some great views of the busy ferry port below.


Starting at Finnarts Bay at the mouth of Glenapp, the route follows a track up Glenapp and beneath the ornamental Rhododendron Planting commemorating Elsie Mackay, early aviatrix and daughter of the shipping magnate Lord Inchcape who owned the nearby Glenapp Castle.

We will pause at Glenapp Church to view memorials to the Inchcape family and hear about Elsie’s tragic death before climbing the steep side of Glenapp and walking along the slopes with fine views over the whole of Loch Ryan. Along the way you will pass the Taxing Stone on the ancient boundary between Galloway and Carrick. We will see the extensive defensive sites which were built during the Second World War to protect the important port in Loch Ryan and the mouth of the Clyde estuary, before descending to the main road again.

The route then follows tracks up Lochryan Glen to a small reservoir and through open fields over Cairn Hill to descend the Claddy Glen to finish at Cairnryan village


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End Location

Register from 08:00
Depart at 08:30
Travel time 60 minutes
Start from NX 052 724
End at NX 070 678
Return travel time 60 minutes
Return by 17:00
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 3-3: Crossing the Border