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Coodham Estate from Kilmarnock
distance 6.34mi Vertical gain +299ft Vertical drop -289ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
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This route first crosses Caprington Golf Course and then makes use of paved roads and paths to reach the 95 acre Coodham Estate just outside Symington. Take time to explore the Estate’s many interesting features and paths including the lake, mansion, shrine and graveyard, before starting the walk back to Kilmarnock via the high road past Stafflar Farm.

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Craufurdland Countryside Walk (Grassyards Road)
distance 4.97mi Vertical gain +118ft Vertical drop -108ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

An ideal walk for the longer Spring and Summer evenings. After passing through the Craufurdland Estate, you will spend the majority of the walk out in the open countryside, from where you can admire the views on a clear day.

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Craufurdland Countryside Walk (Field Path)
distance 4.34mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -112ft Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
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A walk for the more adventurous! Quiet country roads quickly lead into the woodland of Craufurdland Estate. You will pass the fishing loch and the Laird’s Table cafe/restaurant, as well as cross a ford (using the footbridge!) The return leg of the walk is via a public right of way across farmland.

Walking Afton Dam Circular ( Download : )
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Afton Dam Circular
distance 4.65mi Vertical gain +479ft Vertical drop -459ft Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
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This walk takes you around the perimeter of Glenafton Reservoir just outside New Cumnock. On a still day the water creates stunning reflections of the surrounding hills and forests so remember to take your camera!

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Ballochmyle Viaduct from Catrine
distance 3.45mi Vertical gain +30ft Vertical drop -30ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
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Starting in Catrine, follow the course of the River Ayr through woodland to the impressive Ballochmyle Viaduct. It is the highest masonry railway viaduct in Britain and even featured in a scene in the movie Mission: Impossible!

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Caprington Castle via Earlston, Kilmarnock
distance 3.67mi Vertical gain +52ft Vertical drop -56ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
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This is a really pleasant walk on the outskirts of Kilmarnock. After crossing Caprington Golf Course past the historical ruin of Blackskye Tower you will follow a former railway track bed across a field to reach the small hamlet of Earlston. The next stop is Caprington Castle and surrounding woodlands finishing with a wander through the residential part of Caprington.

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Kilmarnock to Gatehead Circular
distance 5.3mi Vertical gain +108ft Vertical drop -105ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
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A peaceful walk following the River Irvine between Kilmarnock and Gatehead, returning via the beautiful Caprington Woods and castle.

Walking Stewarton to Dunlop ( Download : )
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Stewarton to Dunlop
distance 7.27mi Vertical gain +282ft Vertical drop -200ft Durée 3h35 Easy Easy
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A lovely peaceful walk between the two villages of Stewarton and Dunlop. After a short section through Lainshaw Woods the remainder of the walk uses quiet single track roads before an optional de-tour through the Millennium Woodland Nature Park in Dunlop. There are a few hills on this route, the reward being stunning views across to the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and north to Ben Lomond if it is a clear day!

Walking Loudoun Hill Circular ( Download : )
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Loudoun Hill Circular
distance 1.93mi Vertical gain +233ft Vertical drop -249ft Durée 1h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

At just 361m elevation, the volcanic plug of Loudoun Hill near Darvel, is where Robert the Bruce had his first major military victory. Despite being small, it’s steep slopes certainly pack a punch and on a clear day the views from the top make it a must-do in the area. A favourite with children and adults alike!

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Lainshaw Woods & the Annick Water, Stewarton
distance 5.15mi Vertical gain +171ft Vertical drop -194ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
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A scenic and varied figure of eight walk which follows the Annick Water on its journey through Stewarton, including through the town’s popular Lainshaw Woods and Cunningham Watt Park.

Walking Catrine to Sorn Loop ( Download : )
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Catrine to Sorn Loop
distance 4.71mi Vertical gain +299ft Vertical drop -299ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
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Follow the River Ayr along a pleasant woodland trail to Sorn, passing through Catrine Voes Local Nature Reserve and alongside the historic Catrine Weir. On reaching Sorn, cross the humpbacked ‘Auld Brig’ before passing through part of the village and into the “Spooky Woods”. The return route to Catrine is via Chapel Brae, a pleasant single track road which passes Catrine War Memorial.

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Dismantled Railway Walk, Darvel
distance 6.92mi Vertical gain +495ft Vertical drop -482ft Durée 3h35 Easy Easy
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A linear walk from the village of Darvel along a fantastic disused railway track to the Spirit of Scotland Monument beneath Loudoun Hill.

Walking Ness Glen, Loch Doon ( Download : )
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Ness Glen, Loch Doon
distance 1.89mi Vertical gain +161ft Vertical drop -157ft Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
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An astonishingly beautiful short walk through a deep wooded glen following the River Doon as it begins it’s journey between Loch Doon and the Firth of Clyde at Doonfoot, Ayr. Expect waterfalls a-plenty! Form a loop by returning to the start via the hill path. The footpaths are uneven and narrow in places and you can expect boggy conditions on the high path. Be sure to take a camera as there are MANY photo opportunities!

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Dean Castle Country Park via Borland
distance 2.71mi Vertical gain +85ft Vertical drop -85ft Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
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A beautiful countryside walk into the popular Dean Castle Country Park, taking in both Fenwick Water and Craufurdland Water. There are options to extend to visit the castle, Rural Life Centre, duck ponds and kids play area.