The Inner Circle – from Millport Old Pier
Starting Point: Ferry Terminal/Millport Pier/Ferry Terminal
Distance: 7.2 Miles / 11.4km
Max. Elevation: 419’/127m
From the starting point at the Ferry slip, take a left towards the National Water Sports Centre. After the centre you will pass a whitewashed house, at which point the walk takes the right fork up the hill onto the Ferry Road. This was the original connection to Millport before the construction of the shore road. As you enjoy the wonderful scenery, look out for the signpost, which directs you through the woods, and along the edge of the field. This will take you to a high point called Broomy Knowes where you can obtain excellent view’s over Largs, Fairlie and the North Ayrshire hills.
Follow along the field edge until you reach a track, then turn left along the track which comes out near Ballochmartin Farm and then leads back onto the Ferry Road. Follow the road on until you turn right up the hill to junction for the Inner Circle Road. Continue along past Figgatoch Farm on your right and look out for the remains of a former mineral well opposite the farm road end. The walk continues to the top of the hill where the Glaid Stone is situated. On the stone there is an indicator which will help identify various landmarks.
The descent towards Millport, passing Breakough Farm on the right provides a pleasant detour downhill towards the housing estate. From where you turn right up Cow Lane past the Cathedral of the Isles. The Cathedral, designed by William Butterfield, is reputed to be the smallest in Britain if not Europe. It is well worth a visit and contains many interesting features including magnificent stained glass and a 123-foot steeple, all of which have recently been refurbished.
From here descend down the steps out to College Street and on towards the seafront turning right into the town and old pier or left along the seafront and back up Ferry Road to the ferry terminal. For the weary a bus service can be used back to the Ferry Terminal.
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