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The Lochliboside Hills may not be the highest in East Renfrewshire but this vantage point is perhaps the region's finest. The stunning views extend to Arran, Galloway, Ailsa Craig and the Arrochar Alps as well as the nature reserve of Loch Libo.
Beginning in the attractive village of Uplawmoor the route passes the 15th century Caldwell Tower, standing on the medieval manor of Caldwell, and then crosses the Lochliboside hills. A quiet road descends to the hamlet of Shillford then climbs back into Uplawmoor passing the visible remains of the old Ardrossan to Glasgow Railway Line. The line closed in the 1960's but there have been attempts to instigate the re-opening of the line enabling Glasgow to link directly with the Ayrshire coast.
1. Facing the Uplawmoor Hotel turn R, walk through the village along Neilston Road passing attractive houses and Caldwell Parish Church. Here the pavement descends gently culminating in a short section of grass verge to reach Lochlibo Road (A736). Turn L, cross the railway bridge, follow the pavement for a short distance until opposite the B776.
2. Carefully cross Lochlibo Road onto the B776, pass Caldwell Golf Club and walk along a pavement which stops at a car park. From here continue along a grass verge, passing the entrance of Caldwell Lodge, the road then climbing steeply past some cottages to reach Old Barn Road. Turn R then R again through a gate, walk a short distance along a path to reach Caldwell Tower. Retrace steps back to Old Barn Road, turn R, climb steadily past Old Barn Farm through attractive countryside to Greenside Farm.
3. Once by the farm turn R, walk along a farm road enjoying some astonishing views. Pass the entrance of Caldwell Law, go through two gates onto the Lochliboside Hills. Keeping a fence to the R follow a rough, boggy track along the field-edge, where livestock may be grazing, go through a gate and continue along the hillside eventually passing through another gate. The track splits so take the L fork, walk along the field-edge, with the fence now on the L past a radio mast. Go through another gate and continue to cross a stile. The grassy track then crosses open farmland to reach a fence before a conifer plantation. Follow this to a padlocked gate. Climb over this onto a short section of uneven ground through conifers, then follow the line of a ramshackle wall through gorse thickets to pick up a good grassy path which passes a wood, then a gate before reaching another gate at Fereneze Road.
4. Turn R, descend Fereneze Road eventually crossing a railway bridge to reach Shillford at Lochlibo Road (A736). Cross over Lochlibo Road onto a minor road signposted for Uplawmoor. Follow this as it climbs gently past the old Ardrossan to Glasgow Railway line, the road crossing the line to reach Neilston Road. Turn R, walk along the grass verge beside lovely woodland back into Uplawmoor.
Time: 2.5 Hours
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