This walk is part of the trek Ayrshire Coastal Path.
This is an incredible walk along one of the most rugged sections of the Ayrshire Coast. You will experience varied terrain including beaches, rocky outcrops, grassy farmland and a disused railway. Prepare yourself for stunning views and a unique sense of remoteness.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Start by walking East then North around Dunure harbour and across the village’s sandy beach.
(1) At the north end of the beach you will see a narrow path going up through a gap in the rocks - follow this to a gate.
Beyond the gate the path leads away from the beach, up onto a grassy embankment and winds in and out of the hillside on a faint footpath across the grassy farmland to arrive at a stile.
(2) Cross the stile then a small footbridge and continue along the path, to the brow of a hill. At the other side of the hill is a gully - follow the path down the gully and onto the rocky coastline.
(3) Pick your way through the rocks and pebbles, enjoying the stunning views as you go. At the far end of the beach the path leads uphill by way of some steps built into the steep Fisherton Gully.
At the top of the gully go through a kissing gate onto a field.
Turn left (North) to follow the field edge around to another kissing gate and into a second field. At the other side of this field is a kissing gate leading onto a disused railway line.
(4) Walk along the disused railway line for 1km, enjoying spectacular views down onto Bracken Bay where you are headed next.
(5) When you reach a caravan park, follow the path East along the edge of a field with a row of caravans on your right-hand side.
On reaching some farm tracks, turn left (North) to follow them between two fields.
(6) Keep left (West) at a fork 200m along, descending onto Bracken Bay.
(7) Turn right (North East) to walk along the beach. As you reach the north end 500m along, you will go around a rocky outcrop called Heads of Ayr.
(8) Follow the coastline for 3km, passing beneath Heads of Ayr Caravan Park and arriving at the foot of Greenan Castle.
(9)1km further along the beach look out for a path on your right-hand side going across the dunes to a car park.
(10) Pass through the car park and cross the footbridge over the River Doon.
After crossing the bridge, continue ahead (North), to follow Ayr esplanade for 1km to reach the car park at Seafield, just opposite Cafe India (A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 16ft - Dunure Harbour
1 : mi 0.33 - alt. 10ft - Gap in rocks, north end of Dunure Beach
2 : mi 0.85 - alt. 23ft - Stile and small footbridge
3 : mi 1.67 - alt. 98ft - Fisherton Gully steps
4 : mi 2 - alt. 194ft - Disused railway line
5 : mi 2.6 - alt. 128ft - Caravan Park
6 : mi 2.99 - alt. 36ft - Bracken Bay
7 : mi 3.4 - alt. 33ft - Heads of Ayr
8 : mi 5.3 - alt. 10ft - Greenan Castle
9 : mi 5.96 - alt. 7ft - Car Park
10 : mi 6.1 - alt. 10ft - Footbridge over the River Doon
A : mi 6.99 - alt. 0ft - Seafield, Ayr
You can purchase the official Ayrshire Coastal Path guidebook from their website.
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