Hiking Group on Kaim Hill, Scotland

Today, I joined a thirty strong hiking group which covered an area of North Ayrshire, close to Largs and Fairlie which afforded superb high elevation views of the Firth of Clyde (bay or estuary where the River Clyde enters the sea), Largs and its marina, islands known as Great Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae plus stunning views of snow-capped mountains on the Isle of Arran opposite.

Isle of Arran and Firth of Clyde, Scotland

After many days of rain and cloudy weather, we benefited from a sudden switch to bright sunlight and warm temperatures of around 14C/57F which served to transform landscape views.

Video clip of Isle of Arran and Firth of Clyde.

The hike took about 5 hrs 30 mins and entailed a climb to the peak of Kaim Hill which sits at 1271 feet. In course of the hike we encountered:

  • A paraglider.

Paraglider coming into land at Fairlie, Scotland

  • Sheep and cattle.

Sheep, Kaim Hill, Scotland

  • Primroses emerging into flower.

Primroses on Kaim Hill, Scotland

  • Gorse in flower.

Gorse in flower on Kaim Hill, Scotland

  • Gorges and mountain streams.

Mountain Stream on Kaim Hill, Scotland

  • A defunct quarry which formerly produced high quality millstones for sale in Britain, West Indies and Australia.

Millstone at Kaim Hill Quarry, Scotland

  • A windfarm

Hiking group with Kelburn Windfarm in background

  • Fairlie Castle, a 15th century Tower House undergoing restoration.

Fairlie Castle undergoing restoration

  • A flat sheet of rock containing multiple cup and ring marks (man-made carvings) which may date from the Neolithic period, about 5000 years ago.

Multiple cup and ring marks on Kaim Hill, Scotland. (Plastic bottle for scale.)

Cup and Ring Mark on Kaim Hill, Scotland

The landscape was wet and boggy populated with heather, grasses and mosses.

Kaim Hill Landscape, Scotland.

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