The Rhins to Ailsa Craig

Introduction

Times of high water

Loch Ryan*: High water is 20 minutes before high water at Greenock South of The Spit (an area of shallows extending south from the east end of The Wig bay) - i.e. in the wide part of the Loch, tidal streams are weak.

Girvan*: High water is 32 minutes before high water at Greenock

Portpatrick*: High water is 22 minutes after high water at Greenock

Drummore*: High water is 25 minutes after high water at Liverpool

Tidal streams

Bennane Head*: The tidal stream divides at Bennane Head. From 4 hours and 25 minutes after high water at Greenock, the stream running onshore divides at the Head, running north north of the Head and south south of it. From one hour and 40 minutes before high water at Greenock, the flow runs south to the north of the Head and to the north south of the Head, joining at Bennane Head and running offshore. A turbulent race forms at the Head. Streams run at around 2.5 knots at springs.

Entrance to Lock Ryan*: The south south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 20 minutes after high water at Greenock. The north north-west going stream begins at 10 minutes before high water at Greenock. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Cairn Point, Loch Ryan*: The south south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 40 minutes after high water at Greenock. The north north-west going stream begins at at high water at Greenock. The flow reaches a speed of 1.3 knots at springs.

Craig Laggan*: The north going stream begins at 2 hours and 50 minutes before high water at Greenock. The south going stream begins at 3 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Greenock. The flow reaches a speed of 4 knots at springs.

Black Head*: The south south-east going stream begins at 3 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Greenock. The north north-west going stream begins at 2 hours and 50 minutes before high water at Greenock. The flow reaches a speed of 5 knots at springs. There are no substantial tide races between Portpatrick and Corsewall Point.

West of the Mull of Galloway*: The south south-east going stream begins at 3 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Greenock. The north north-west going stream begins at 2 hours and 50 minutes before high water at Greenock. The flow reaches a speed of 5 knots at springs. Overfalls occur between Crammag Head and Port Kemin

Mull of Galloway inshore*: The west going stream begins at 2 hours and 50 minutes before high water at Greenock. The east going stream begins at 4 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Greenock. The flow reaches a speed of 6 knots at springs. The west going flow runs south-south west around the east side of the Mull and may reach 10 knots. This stream runs close in to the cliffs and cannot be avoided - kayakers will be in the race for at least 150m. They must break out behind the Mull to avoid being swept offshore. Substantial tide races form around the tip of the Mull.

Eddy west of Mull of Galloway*: From Port Kemin to the Mull: An eddy here flows east south-east starting at high water at Greenock. The interface with the main west-going flow can be very turbulent.

Eddy to the east of Mull of Galloway*: An eddy runs southward from Cailiness Point to the Mull on the east-going stream.

To the north of Cailiness Point*: An eddy forms here, with the following flows: The south south-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Greenock. The north north-west going stream begins at 2 hours and 50 minutes before high water at Greenock. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs.

3 miles south Mull of Galloway*: The east going stream begins at 5 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Greenock. The west going stream begins at 30 minutes before high water at Greenock. The east going stream reaches a speed of 4.5 knots at springs. The west going stream reaches a speed of 3.7 knots at springs.

Portpatrick*: The tide flows south-east and north-west. The flow reaches a speed of 4.5 knots at springs.

Near Alisa Craig*: The east going stream begins at 6 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Greenock. The west going stream begins at 10 minutes after high water at Greenock. The flow reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs.

Mull of Logan*: Overfalls form around the point

Between Money Head and Tandoo Point*: The tide flows south-east and north-west. The flow reaches a speed of 4 knots at springs. Overfalls form off Morroch Bay and at Money Head.

Around the Scares*: The tide flows east and west. The flow reaches a speed of 4 knots at springs.

Inshore Corsewall Point*: From south of Corsewall Point, the timings of the streams differ from those occurring from Craig Laggan south to the Mull of Galloway: The north-east going stream begins at 1 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Greenock. The south-west going stream begins at 4 hours and 40 minutes after high water at Greenock. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs. These streams follow the coast into the Firth of Clyde.

Notes

Access/Egress

Lendalfoot Varyag Monument*: (NX 123 894) g Two small parking areas by the shore.

Finnarts Bay*: (NX 051 726) g Track 120m down to beach from a side road. Parking around the disused fish factory.

Port Logan south*: (NX 094 405) g Parking around picnic area adjacent to beach and breakwater.

Drummore*: (NX 137 368) g Drying harbour, very limited parking and no obvious places to launch - may be better to use Cairngarroch Bay to the south?

West Tarbet Mull of Galloway*: (NX 141 309) g The bay is 250m from the road, but it may be possible to drive a car closer on a track.

East Tarbert, Mull of Galloway*: (NX 144 309) g It is possible to drive down to the beach on a steep road.

Girvan Beach north*: (NX 181 981) g Car park by the beach

Girvan beach south*: (NX 182 963) g Car park by the beach.

Kilranny Bridge*: (NX 153 936) g Lay by on the A77 by rocky foreshore. The launch point just to the east of here is likely better.

Port Cardloch*: (NX 166 948) g Lay by by rocky foreshore. Sandy bay just to the east. Ardwell Bay, 700m to the west has a small pull off the road where boats might be dropped.

Ballantrae*: (NX 081 830) g Slipway into drying harbour. May be possible to leave a car close by. If not, there is a car park 500m to the south.

Cairnryan*: (NX 062 690) g Parking area and picnic site, with ramp down to beach. Watch out for large ferries!

Stranraer Harbour*: (NX 061 610) g Ramp down to harbour, dries at low water. Parking adjacent, with larger car park 250m west. The western breakwater get in is likely better in all respects!

Stranraer beach west*: (NX 054 616) g Small car park by the beach.

Stranraer western breakwater*: (NX 058 612) g Slipway just outside the breakwater, large car park 120m south.

The Wig*: (NX 033 676) g Car park close to beach.

Marian Port*: (NX 034 668) g Lay by by old pier. May be a shorter carry to the water than at The Wig get in at low tide.

Lady Bay*: (NX 026 717) g Small road leading down to parking area by the beach.

Portpatrick*: (NW 100 054) g Ramp leading into drying part of harbour. Large car park just to the south.

Ardwell Bay*: (NX 069 449) g The car park is reached along a country road, past East High Ardwell Farm. From the car park there is a 50m carry down to the beach. Alternatively, carry on further down the track to a slipway for a somewhat shorter carry.

Port Logan north*: (NX 097 411) g Large car park, wooden steps down to beach.

Kilstay Bay*: (NX 128 385) g Small pull off the main road, ramp down to beach.

Cairngarroch Bay*: (NX 142 364) g Limited parking at picnic site, short carry to beach.

Suggested trips

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