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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!

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Lady Hunter Blair’s Walk, Straiton
distance 2.14mi Vertical gain +246ft Vertical drop -246ft Durée 1h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

One of those hidden gems Ayrshire has to offer! This is an easy walk starting in the village of Straiton and taking you into a wooded glen to visit some surprisingly spectacular waterfalls.

Walking Hill Wood Walk, Straiton ( Download : )
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Hill Wood Walk, Straiton
distance 5.99mi Vertical gain +512ft Vertical drop -502ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

This is a circular walk beginning in the quaint rural Ayrshire village of Straiton. Initially the route heads uphill to follow rough and sometimes overgrown, boggy tracks through an area of woodland. Enjoy fine views down into the village and the Galloway hills beyond. The return leg of the walk loops back into Straiton on a variety of terrain including farm tracks, grassy fields and surfaced roads.

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Croy, Mochrum Hill and Culzean Country Park
distance 9.28mi Vertical gain +1027ft Vertical drop -1040ft Durée 5h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

The walk starts and ends as a beach walk from Croyburnfoot, returning via Culzean Country park. The walk takes in woodland tracks to climb to the summit of Mochrum Hill, which overlooks the county park and gives fine views over the Ayrshire coast and surrounding countryside.

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The Monument and Bennan Circuit, Straiton
distance 5.14mi Vertical gain +1168ft Vertical drop -1155ft Durée 3h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Whilst in the village of Straiton you cannot help but wonder about the monument atop Craigengower (331m / 1086ft). This circular walk takes you up it’s steep slopes to the summit before a more gentle descent towards the Water of Girvan, returning to the start via pleasant riverside and woodland trails.

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Prestwick to Troon Sea & Golf Route
distance 8.02mi Vertical gain +26ft Vertical drop -23ft Durée 3h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

This route follows the Ayrshire Coastal Path between Prestwick and Troon, running alongside both Prestwick and Royal Troon Golf courses. The return leg forms a semi-loop by joining the NCN7 cycle track and then the Smuggler’s Trail across Royal Troon Golf Course. Enjoy the stunning views out across the Firth of Clyde!

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Ayr Gorge Woodlands Reserve, Failford
distance 3.55mi Vertical gain +253ft Vertical drop -259ft Durée 1h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Ayr Gorge Woodlands reserve is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire. Follow the path of the River Ayr as it flows through a deep red sandstone gorge. This circular / figure-of-eight route takes you around most of the main trails, giving you the opportunity to explore this beautiful ancient woodland including the popular viewpoint at Peden's Cove.

Walking Troon to Irvine ( Download : )
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Troon to Irvine
distance 6.8mi Vertical gain +16ft Vertical drop -16ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

This section of the Ayrshire Coastal Path is basically a long stretch of golden beach sandwiched between two busy coastal towns. Enjoy having a nosey at the shorefront houses in Barassie as you pass, and look out for the stone dragon atop the sand dunes of Irvine Beach! On a clear day the Isle of Arran can be seen across the Firth of Clyde.

Walking Dunure to Ayr ( Download : )
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Dunure to Ayr
distance 6.99mi Vertical gain +253ft Vertical drop -266ft Durée 3h25 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

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.

Walking Maidens to Dunure ( Download : )
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Maidens to Dunure
distance 7.26mi Vertical gain +541ft Vertical drop -528ft Durée 3h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Enjoy the clifftop views of the more rugged sections of coastline around Culzean Castle & Country Park and the fields just south of Dunure. You will even pass directly in front of the incredible 18th century Culzean Castle, as well as the remains of Dunure Castle – which dates back as far as the 1200s!

Walking Girvan to Maidens ( Download : )
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Girvan to Maidens
distance 9.93mi Vertical gain +33ft Vertical drop -36ft Durée 4h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

This is a well way-marked route, entirely low-level and passes some of the most iconic sights in the area, including Ailsa Craig and Turnberry Lighthouse. Golf fans will love walking right across the middle of Trump Turnberry Golf Course!

Walking Lendalfoot to Girvan ( Download : )
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Lendalfoot to Girvan
distance 6.25mi Vertical gain +335ft Vertical drop -315ft Durée 3h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

This route involves some beach walking as well as a pleasant inland stretch on farm tracks across some higher ground. Some very interesting geology can be found on the beach at Kennedy’s Pass as you approach Girvan.

Walking Ballantrae to Lendalfoot ( Download : )
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Ballantrae to Lendalfoot
distance 5.55mi Vertical gain +259ft Vertical drop -262ft Durée 2h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

This route follows the sand, shingle and pebble beach from Ballantrae harbour along to Bennane Hill at which point it heads inland to follow the A77 down to Lendalfoot.

Walking Ayrshire Coastal Path ( Download : )
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Ayrshire Coastal Path
distance 95.12mi Vertical gain +2841ft Vertical drop -3012ft Durée 12 days Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

One of Scotland’s Great Trails, the Ayrshire Coastal Path runs 100 miles between Glenapp in the South and Skelmorlie in the North. It is a perfect mix of inland and on-beach sections which keeps things varied and interesting. With either Ailsa Craig or Isle of Arran as your companion for the vast majority of the way, there is always some stunning scenery to gaze out at (if you get the weather!) From golden sandy beaches to rugged rocky shorelines, Ayrshire has it all!

Walking Glenapp to Ballantrae ( Download : )
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Glenapp to Ballantrae
distance 9.37mi Vertical gain +512ft Vertical drop -679ft Durée 4h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Entirely inland, this route is very peaceful and offers easy walking. Initially across hilly moorland the path then winds its way down to the village of Ballantrae following farm tracks and quiet country roads. The views on a clear day are simply stunning.

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.