Bob Law’s Blog: The Knock: A Small Hill Above Largs

The Knock from Fairlie Beach

The seaside town of Largs is a popular destination for day trippers, both to the town itself and as a short ferry crossing to the island of Great Cumbrae and its town of Millport.

Hilltop view looking North

Hilltop view looking North

The Small Green Hills That Surround Largs

What is less well known however is the quality of the small green hills that surround Largs and the spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde from the various summits. Directly above the town of Largs sits the green and lush Castle Hill but as we had already tackled that recently we picked the hill sitting across from it. I think this is called The Knock by locals as it sits above Knock Castle. On the OS Landranger map it has no name but a spot height of 217 metres and you used to climb it on good paths across several fields directly from Largs.

Largs from the Golf Course

Largs from the Golf Course

New Route

The new route however goes via the minor road up Brisbane Glen then Brisbane Mains Farm to the summit, with a return option available via the other minor road to the west near Home Farm and Knock Castle. A good walk of a few hours duration but harder than it used to be as a section of the Ayrshire Coastal Path seems to be the only viable route up the hill now and that approaches the summit from the north.

Rural countryside from from Hilltop

Rural countryside from from Hilltop

It’s still worth doing though especially if you’ve done Castle Hill and you are looking for something extra.

Bob Law, September, 2023

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