This tour is 55 miles long, please allow at least 1 hour 25 minutes to complete it, excluding the time taken to enjoy the destinations along the way.
The Shiel Wild and Free route takes you on a tour through rugged, romantic scenery that inspires and excites the body and mind. Drink in the natural wonders of cascading waterfalls and rocky rapids formed through centuries of geological change. Make sure to ascend the Spout of Garnock – the county’s highest waterfall – or climb Lyle Hill, gazing over Greenock and across to the Isle of Arran. The Shiel’s wildness is perfectly encapsulated in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, which is home to nearly 300km2 of preserved and protected wildlife. Lochs, walking trails, and beaches inhabit the Park alongside plenty of outdoor activities, watersports and educational centres.
Ardeer Quarry Local Nature Reserve contains a mix of wetland, woodland, scrub, and grassland habitats.
The Kirktonhall Glen runs from the centre of the Village to the Beaches at Seamill
The Spout of Garnock is approximately 60–70 ft high, making it is the county's highest waterfall
The Greeto Waterfalls are along the Gogo water, in Gogo Glen near the town of Largs.
Lyle Hill is a viewpoint in Greenock, Inverclyde, with a high point of 426 feet above sea level
Loch Thom is a reservoir which since 1827 has provided a water supply to the town of Greenock
Greenock Cut Visitors' Centre is situated close to Loch Thom in Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
Clyde Muirshiel - literally meaning "moorhut" - is the collective name for countryside set aside for conservation and recreation on the South Clyde estuary.
Lynn Spout is a stunning waterfall on the Caaf Water near Dalry in Ayrshire.