Ailsa Craig - the ascent

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The dramatic granite outpost of Ailsa Craig is an icon amongst Scotland's smaller islands. The island can be visited on a boat trip from Girvan; the ascent to its highest point as described here is extremely steep and rough: it gives a real hillwalking challenge but an unforgettable one.


Extremely steep ascent; path only on lower parts, often obscured by deep bracken in summer and slippery with bluebells in spring.

Public Transport

Boat trip from Girvan; Girvan is served by both bus and train.


Ailsa Craig pier (boat trips from Girvan). Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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