Carry Farm Shore Walk
This circular walk around Carry Point will take you about 30 minutes. It’s a short stroll but there’s plenty to see along the way, including magnificent views of Bute, Inchmarnock and Arran, a flock of Hebridean sheep and some fabulous wildlife. It’s perfect for children, with some wonderful shoreline to explore and two donkeys, Barney and Louis, to meet. There’s also a small play park. When you’ve finished your stroll, pop into the Dairy Gallery at Carry Farm to see textiles made by Fiona McPhail using wool from her Hebridean sheep, as well as ceramics which are both functional and decorative, made by her sister, Karen McPhail.
Carry Farm is a 66-acre coastal small holding located around two miles from Kames on the Ardlamont peninsula. The land is a mixture of rough grazing, heathland, bogs and native woodland. Start your walk at the farm house (you can’t miss Carry’s distinctive red roof!) and head south along the road for around 500 metres past the lodges in the fields to your right. You’ll see a gate on your left in the second layby that leads into the field. It has a small sign on it saying ‘Carry Farm Shore Walk’.
This will take you into the first field. Follow the grassy path along the fence line until you reach the boardwalk which heads down to the shoreline. When you reach the shoreline, you’re looking over to Bute. If you want to walk along the shore, go through the small gate that leads onto the beach. Otherwise, follow the grassy path along the fence line keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. Gannets dive off the point, an otter is regularly seen and seals sunbathe on the rocks. If you’re very lucky, you might event spot a basking shark, minke whale, dolphin or porpoise. There’s a nature pond in the middle of this field that has a resident heron. You can sometimes watch an otter freshening up in the fresh water here too.
After a short walk, you’ll reach another gate that will lead you into a second field. Take a moment to stop and enjoy the view. Ahead of you are the hills above Tighnabruaich and behind you the islands of Inchmarnock and Arran. At this point you can either head left and follow a path back to the farm or continue to follow the grassy path that hugs the shoreline. You’ll pass another small gate that gives you access to the beach.
By this point you’re bound to have met the flock of Hebridean sheep. At Easter time, the front field is the nursery with adorable black lambs leaping around by the shore. You might have met the two donkeys – Barney and Louis. They’re very friendly so do say hello!
Carry on walking until you reach the final gate into the boat field. Look out for seabirds on the spit to the right. This is lovely bit of beach for kids to play and paddle. Follow the shore past the lamb field until you get to a little bridge that will take you into the Lodge Field and back to Carry Farm where you’ll find toilet facilities, a small play park and the Dairy Gallery.