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Strone Hill

Grading: strenuous.

Strone Hill overlooks the village of Strone and offers superb views over the Firth of Clyde and its sea lochs. On a clear day it is possible to see over to Arran, the Arrochar Alps and down the Clyde to Glasgow.

At a glance

  • Grading: strenuous
  • Distance: 1 ¾ miles (3 km)
  • Path type: Surfaced paths, cycleway and uneven paths, can be muddy
  • Allow: 3 hours

Route description

The route starts from Graham’s Point Heritage Park and follows forest paths and roads before it becomes a faint path onto the open hill.

Departing from the Monk’s Hut at Graham’s Point, cross the main road and take the first left at Johnstone Avenue, turn right onto the path immediately behind the row of houses on the right. Ascend to the forest road and turn left. After a few yards take the right fork.

The walk climbs steadily, emerging from the forest to spectacular views of the Clyde estuary and Loch Long at the viewpoint. Where the road forks there is a small path to the left . Follow this path up Strone Hill. It is rough in places so take sturdy footwear. You will see Dunselma Castle on its promontory below the golf course and the recently restored Blairmore Pier on Loch Long. The path follows a dry stone dyke to the hilltop with panoramic views.

On descending make sure you follow the correct wall and retrace your steps. At the forest road the lower left fork takes you to Blairmore, otherwise turn right for Kilmun. On the walk look out for signs of wildlife, including red squirrels and pine martens in the forest, red deer and black grouse on the open hill and woodland edge and oyster catchers on the shore.

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