Duchal Woods to Quarriers River Walk
by Rona Simpson
Length: 4.5 miles
Duration: 2 hours or more if you stop for a swim!
Points of Interest: Denniston Motte/wild swimming
This lovely walk follows the Gryffe Water as it meanders through open countryside from Kilmacolm to Quarriers village. Affording plenty of places to picnic and a great wild swimming spot if you are feeling brave enough.
The walk begins at the village entrance to Milton Woods – known locally as Duchal Woods. Walk through woods to the road at the bottom.
Take a left and follow the road to a bridge 2 minutes away. Denniston motte is on the hill to the right.
Mottes were defensive structures built often with a wooden or stone castle tower built on the flat top. They were introduced into Scotland by Norman settlers in the twelfth century.
It is thought that the motte belonged to Hugh de Danielstoun, a knight who fought on the side of Edward the I. Later this Motte might have been used as a meeting place indicated by the discovery of a 15th – 16th century bronze or copper counting piece, found in a sheep scrape on the north side of the motte. (Taken from Renfrewshire History Forum).
Cross the style on the far side of the bridge then carefully make your way over the small burn and follow the feint path on the side of the woodland with the river on your right.
Pass into the field by a large fallen tree and keep following the edge of the river as it bends to the left. This is a great spot for a picnic and a dip.
Keep following the river all the way to the road. Cross the road following the green signpost for Quarriers Village down some steps and enter the playing fields by the river where at the far side you will see a playground.
Keep following the river, now on your left, and it will take you to the rear of the Sommerville Hall.
Cross the bridge to join the cycle track – paying attention to the info boards as you go which explain the history of Quarriers.
Follow the cycle track back to Kilmacolm.