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Water of Deugh Trail 1


Walk No: Glenkens 72

Start: Cars can be parked at the end of the unclassified single track road leading from the A713 road near Meadowhead. GR NS 557015.

Finish: Cars can be parked at the end of the unclassified single track road leading from the A713 road near Meadowhead. GR NS 557015.

Nearest Town: Carsphairn

Notes: This circular walk into the heart of the Carsphairn Forest, has several important historical sites worth visiting en-route. This journey can comfortably be coupled with the route described “Water of Deugh Trail 2”.


• Distance: 5 miles


• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 2.5hours


• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Easy

• Terrain: Mostly track with short walk sections on grassy paths and open moor.
• Toilets: Next to the Heritage Centre in Carsphairn.

• Refreshments: Available nearby in Carsphairn.

Route Description
1. About a mile after leaving the A713 a Bronze Age Burial Cairn is situated to the L (N) of the road. This measures 14 meters in diameter and is 2 meters high. A little further along the road opposite a passing place and on the R (S) of the road near to a sheepfold are cup and ring marked stones. The most obvious Cup and Ring marks are found on a stone to the L of the sheepfold and immediately in front of an old fence.

2. Fork L at the junction. From the cattle grid, a conical motte which marks the area of the original Clan MacAdam seat, can be seen approximately a quarter of a mile away between the road and river. About half mile after entering the forest a stile across the fence on the L leads to a path through the trees to the impressive remains of a Chambered Cairn known as the King’s Cairn, estimated to be about 4,000 years old.

3. Drive on to the end of the road where a locked gate bars the way at the bridge over the Deugh. Leave the car and walk along the track beside the Water of Deugh to the isolated and ruined dwelling Moor. On the opposite side of the Water of Deugh on land now in East Ayrshire but formerly Ayrshire was the Deuch School. This closed in 1947 and the foundations are difficult to find; they are located a short distance above the footbridge. Return to the track bridge and continue uphill into the forest bearing L at the track junction. Follow this and it ultimately descends out of the forest onto the unclassified road. Turn L to reach the start point.