This tour is 6 miles long, please allow at least 1 hour 50 minutes to complete it, excluding the time taken to enjoy the destinations along the way.
A wonderful walk along Ayrshire’s picturesque coastline with memorable historical sights and Ailsa Craig as your walking companion. Sights along the route include The Foreland Harbour, once an important Herring Port, and a small cairn in memory of the hermit Henry Ewing Torbert who lived in nearby Bennane Cave until his death in 1983. The walk takes you near the infamous Sawney Bean’s cave, purported to be the home of a family of cannibals who preyed on 16th Century travellers along the Carrick Coast. Further along you will pass by the memorial to the Russian cruiser Varyag, old fishermen’s cottages and the ruins of Carleton Castle, ancient home of the much-feared Kennedy Clan.
Ballantrae is an attractive coastal village in South Ayrshire situated 13 miles south of Girvan.
Bennane Head is a section of land that juts into the Firth of Clyde around 11 miles south of Girvan.
Carleton Castle is a 15th-century five-storey tower, and a Category B-Listed building.