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Millport Inner Circuit, Isle of Cumbrae
distance 6.97mi Vertical gain +531ft Vertical drop -545ft Durée 3h40 Easy Easy
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Starting at the ferry slip on the Isle of Cumbrae, you will head uphill to the Glaid Stone, the island’s highest point, before descending into Millport. From here you walk back via the quiet Ferry Road. Along the way enjoy the views across to the Isle of Bute, Isle of Arran, Little Cumbrae and the hills of Ayrshire. You will pass several small lochs, a mineral well and the Cathedral of the Isles (Britain’s smallest cathedral). Not forgetting the famous Crocodile Rock!

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Irvine to Kilmarnock via Cycle Track
distance 7.16mi Vertical gain +157ft Vertical drop -13ft Durée 3h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

This easy linear walk starts in Milgarholm Park, Irvine and ends on Munro Avenue, Kilmarnock. Since it is a cycle track it is great for buggies.

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Irvine & Kilwinning New Town Trail
distance 12.1mi Vertical gain +56ft Vertical drop -56ft Durée 5h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

An entirely flat 12 mile circular walk makes for easy walking and feels surprisingly rural, often accompanied by either the Lugton Water, Annick Water or the River Irvine. Sights to look forward to include Eglinton Castle, the Cairnmount Hill standing stones, Sourlie Woods and Garnock Floods Wildlife Reserves, Robert Burns statue, plenty of bridges, and if you do it in summer, apple trees and wild flowers galore!

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Knock Hill Circular from Largs
distance 8.05mi Vertical gain +801ft Vertical drop -787ft Durée 4h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

By combining the High and Low route options of the Ayrshire Coastal Path at Largs, you can create this circular route to the top of Knock Hill (268m / 879 ft) and back again. Enjoy panoramic views across the Firth of Clyde to the Cowal Peninsula, southern Highlands, Isle of Cumbrae and Arran, as well as down into the town of Largs itself.

Walking Glen Rosa, Isle of Arran ( Download : )
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Glen Rosa, Isle of Arran
distance 12.79mi Vertical gain +1467ft Vertical drop -1467ft Durée 7h10 Difficult Difficult
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A beautiful hike from Brodick which follows the Glenrosa Water deep into the tranquillity of the Glen to ‘The Saddle’ before returning via the same route.

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Largs to Skelmorlie via Knock Hill
distance 10.46mi Vertical gain +991ft Vertical drop -971ft Durée 5h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

Beginning at Largs Marina this route takes you the length of the promenade before heading inland and uphill across boggy ground towards Knock Hill. From the trig point on a clear day your efforts will be rewarded with beautiful views across the Clyde towards the isles of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran, as well as the Argyll hills and Cowal Peninsular. Descending towards Skelmorlie Castle and Wemyss Bay, with one very short exception the remainder of the walk is along quiet minor roads and pavements.

Walking Portencross to Largs ( Download : )
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Portencross to Largs
distance 7.01mi Vertical gain +69ft Vertical drop -69ft Durée 3h15 Easy Easy
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Portencross is arguably one of the best places from which to view the Isle of Arran! The Isle of Cumbrae quickly takes it’s place as you progress towards Largs via the industrial grounds of Hunterston and the pretty town of Fairlie. Much of this walk is along cycle tracks, pavements and minor roads.

Walking Ardrossan to Portencross ( Download : )
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Ardrossan to Portencross
distance 6.38mi Vertical gain +13ft Vertical drop -10ft Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

Plenty of beach-walking on this one, with options to use earth footpaths instead should you wish. With Portencross being the closest point on the mainland to the Isle of Arran, you have the potential for some incredible views across the Firth of Clyde.

Walking Irvine to Ardrossan ( Download : )
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Irvine to Ardrossan
distance 9.27mi Vertical gain +26ft Vertical drop -36ft Durée 4h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

Beginning with an easy inland section along the NCN7 cycle track between Irvine and Stevenston, this walk then returns to the coast for the second half. Expect beautiful sandy beaches, wide concrete promenades and pavements. On the coastal section the Isle of Arran will accompany you to the west on a clear day! When passing, delve into local history by taking some time to read the plaques along the walls of the former Ardrossan bathing pool and boating ponds.

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Fairlie Glens and Waterfalls Circular
distance 4.76mi Vertical gain +591ft Vertical drop -600ft Durée 2h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

On a clear day the views from this route are simply outstanding: the islands of Cumbrae & Arran and the pink sandy beaches at Fairlie and Hunterston. A variety of woodland paths, tracks and grassy hillsides lead you gently uphill past the remains of Fairlie Castle and along the base of Black Hill. The return section follows the Fairlie Moor Road and then the Ayrshire Coastal Path. There is the opportunity to visit some hidden waterfalls along the route.

Walking Irvine Beach ( Download : )
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Irvine Beach
distance 6.56mi Vertical gain +10ft Vertical drop -10ft Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

Sandy Irvine Beach is wild, beautiful and seems to go on and on forever! In fact it stretches 3 miles along to Barassie. You can choose to walk all the way to Barassie and back, or if you are looking for a shorter walk, just go as far as you want to before turning back. Lined with high sand dunes and the Isle of Arran visible to the west, the beach here is popular with locals out for some fresh air and exercise.

Walking Rothesay Town Walk ( Download : )
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Rothesay Town Walk
distance 1.71mi Vertical gain +148ft Vertical drop -138ft Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

This is a short circular route which has a steep incline halfway through. It links the main areas of interest in Rothesay with a woodland and seafront stroll allowing views across Rothesay Bay.

Walking Lynn Glen Circular, Dalry ( Download : )
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Lynn Glen Circular, Dalry
distance 1.16mi Vertical gain +108ft Vertical drop -105ft Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

This short circular walk around the Caaf Water is packed with unexpected ‘fairy’ surprises hidden within a tranquil wooded glen. The gorge is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the unique and interesting rocks it contains. Perfect for families and for anyone who likes waterfalls!