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Old Auchans House, Dundonald
distance 2.49mi Vertical gain +207ft Vertical drop -200ft Durée 1h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Wandering though this delightful woodland, the impressive remains of 16th century Old Auchans House seem to appear out of nowhere. Go late January to see snowdrops galore, late April for wild garlic, and May for a sea of bluebells!

Walking Cornish Hill Trail ( Download : )
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Cornish Hill Trail
distance 3.46mi Vertical gain +351ft Vertical drop -341ft Durée 1h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

A brilliant and fairly easy circular walk from the Stinchar Bridge to the top of Cornish Hill, returning via the secluded and peaceful Cornish Loch. Fantastic views on a clear day!

Walking Ayrshire Smuggler's Trail ( Download : )
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Ayrshire Smuggler's Trail
distance 6.47mi Vertical gain +223ft Vertical drop -351ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Follow this ancient route between Dundonald and Troon, used in the 18th century to smuggle illegal goods inland! It covers a varied terrain including woodland paths, tarmac roads, grass and sand. You will pass a quiet reservoir, walk through Fullarton Woods then across Royal Troon Golf Course, finishing it off with a stroll along Troon’s sandy Beach.

Walking Peden's Cove, Failford ( Download : )
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Peden's Cove, Failford
distance 1.93mi Vertical gain +148ft Vertical drop -131ft Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Peden’s Cove is hidden inside Ayr Gorge Woodland, a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve. This beautiful and ancient woodland is formed around an incredible red sandstone canyon, which gives the water of the River Ayr a vibrant red appearance when the sun shines directly onto it! Peden’s Cove, a set of steps carved into the red sandstone cliffs, is reached a mile along the footpath.

Walking Kirstie's Trail, Barr ( Download : )
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Kirstie's Trail, Barr
distance 5.95mi Vertical gain +456ft Vertical drop -456ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Beautifully scenic forestry tracks take you along to Kirstie’s Cairn, a memorial to young local farmer Christopher McTaggart who lost his life there in a blizzard in 1913.

Walking Fairy Knowe Trail, Barr ( Download : )
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Fairy Knowe Trail, Barr
distance 4.7mi Vertical gain +531ft Vertical drop -518ft Durée 2h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

A stunning circular route through the idylic South Ayrshire countryside, the Fairy Knowe Trail is most definitely one of Scotland’s hidden gems. The walk follows a variety of forest tracks, mossy tree corridors, and hillside footpaths to reach a viewpoint known as the Fairy Knowe. After a short but steep descent, the track returns to the start following the course of the Water of Gregg.

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Blue Bonnet Trails Circular, Ayr
distance 7.21mi Vertical gain +62ft Vertical drop -66ft Durée 3h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

The fully way-marked Blue Bonnet Trails follow the journey taken from Ayr Town Centre to Alloway by Tam o’ Shanter as recounted in one of the most famous poems ever written by Robert Burns. The route described below combines the 2 Blue Bonnet Trails and forms a loop. The walk passes many points of interest along the way including Burns Cottage and Alloway's famous Auld Kirk and it also passes through both Belleisle and Rozelle Parks.

Walking Ballast Bank, Troon ( Download : )
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Ballast Bank, Troon
distance 2.36mi Vertical gain +7ft Vertical drop -7ft Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

You will begin by walking along a stone footpath built into the side of the Ballast Bank, followed by a stroll along the promenade towards Troon South Beach where there is an excellent play park for the kids to enjoy. On the return, try the path across the top of the Ballast Bank instead – you will be treated to spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde on a clear day.