Ailsa Craig - the ascent

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.

Users' reports

As well as reading our description of each walking route, you can read about the experiences of others users on this walk and others.
There are 5 user reports for this walk - click to read them.

Write your own report - there's £150 to win from Cotswold Outdoor each month
Add this walk to your wishlist.

  • Currently 4.67/53

User Rating
Log in to vote
Grade (key)

bog factorbog factor
Bog Factor (key)